Northeast Region Bidding Landscape – July – September 2013

Retail construction project bids continued to dominate all industries in the private sector for our Northeast region bidding landscape during the third quarter of 2013. The Northeast region encompasses the states of Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. CDCNews reported on 8,316 construction projects that had a bid date between July 1st and September 30th.  Of those 8,316 projects, 7,009 were bid by the public sector and 1,307 were private sector projects.

Of the 7,009 public projects, 1,938 were classified as General Building, 1,639 were Specialty Trades, 3,256 were Heavy/Highway and 906 were Sewer & Water projects.  There is some overlap in the numbers since construction projects can fall into more than one classification. General Building projects are all general construction projects regardless of size. Specialty Trades are projects with three or less trades involved where subcontractors can bid as a “prime contractor”. Heavy & Highway projects include projects involving road paving, tennis courts, athletic fields, drainage, dredging, demolition, traffic signals, site improvements and bridges. Sewer & Water are projects involving pump stations, water treatment facilities, force mains, septic work, inspection services, drainage, etc.


The public sector saw a healthy mix of construction projects across all industries. Engineering projects maintained their dominance by making up 49 percent of all public sector bids. This was followed by Governmental at 16 percent, Educational at 12 percent and General/Civil Joint Projects at 11 percent.


Construction bids for the Retail industry made up 44 percent of all private sector projects that bid during July, August and September. This was followed by Office at 14 percent, Medical at 12 percent and Educational at 10 percent. The projects bid cover everything from simple alterations to fit-outs and renovations all the way up to new construction and additions to current structures.


Following is a sampling of the projects that bid out in the Northeast region from July 1st through September 30th, 2013:

Bids were received on July 23, 2013 for the Culinary Institute of America Student Recreation Center Expansion. Kirchhoff-Consigli Construction Management was selected as the general contractor on the 37,000-SF addition and construction is expected to start by the end of the month.

Agostini/Bacon Construction Companies, Inc. of Rumford, RI was the apparent low bidder for the Greater New Bedford Vocational-Technical High School Renovations & Addition that bid on September 10, 2013. The 72,000-SF addition was designed by Drummey, Rosane & Anderson, Inc. of Newton Center, MA.

Construction is expected to start on two Wal-Mart Supercenter projects in New Jersey this month. Carlson Construction & Carlson Brothers, Inc. of Joliet, IL is the general contractor for the construction of Store No. 3078-00 in East Brunswick. MMA Architects of Neptune, NJ was the architect on the 154,000-SF store. March Associates Construction, Inc. of Wayne, NJ is the general contractor for the renovation and 32,000-SF addition at Store No. 2651-02 located in Manville, NJ.

Jett Industries, Inc. of Colliersville, NY was the apparent low bidder for a WWTP Carbon Addition Facility that bid on September 26, 2013 for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. They submitted a low bid of $73,569,000.

Preliminary Pricing bids were received on September 19, 2013 for the Moody & Main On The Common development. The 436,000-SF mixed-use project is being developed by Northland Investment Corporation of Newton, MA and the architect on the project is ADD, Inc. of Boston. Construction on the project is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2014.

Ernest Bock & Sons, Inc. of Philadelphia was selected as the design-build firm for the Buckshutem Elementary School & Quarter Mile Lane Elementary School Addition & Renovation for the Bridgeton Board of Education.

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