Northeast Region Bidding Landscape – March – May 2013

Today we take a look at the bidding landscape for the Northeast region from March to May 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 10,504 construction projects that had a bid date between March 1st and May 31st. Of those 10,504 projects, 8,858 were bid by the public sector and 1,646 were private sector projects.
nepublictypejuneOf the 8,858 public projects, 2,599 were classified as General Building, 2,515 were Specialty Trades, 3,608 were Heavy/Highway and 1,013 were Sewer & Water projects. There is some overlap in the numbers since 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.

nepublicindustryjuneEngineering projects led the way at 42 percent of all public sector bids. This was followed by Educational at 25 percent, Governmental at 12 percent and General/Civil Joint Projects at 11 percent. Of the public sector Educational projects 31 percent were for Elementary Schools, 28 percent for High Schools, 22 percent for Middle Schools and 14 percent for Colleges/Universities. Gymnasiums, Laboratories, Administration/Offices and Child Care Facilities combined to make up the remaining 5 percent.

neprivateindustryjuneBreaking the private sector down by industry type we find that 41 percent of private sector jobs were for the Retail Industry. This was followed by Educational at 17 percent, Office at 12 percent and Medical at 10 percent. Looking closer at the private sector Educational projects, Colleges/Universities made up 71 percent of all projects. This was followed by Elementary Schools at 7 percent, Administration/Offices and High Schools were both at 6 percent followed by Middle Schools at 4 percent.

Following is a sampling of the projects that bid out in the Northeast region from March 1st through May 31st, 2013:

Bids were opened on March 20th, by the New Jersey Turnpike Authority for the Great Egg & Drag Channel Southbound Bridge Replacement. R.E. Pierson Construction Company out of Pilesgrove, NJ was the apparent low bidder at $129,885,762.06.

The Rhode Island Department of Administration Division of Purchases received bids on May 20th for the University of Rhode Island’s Center for Chemistry & Forensic Science Phase I. The architect for the 135,000 SF building is Wilson Architects out of Boston, MA and Dimeo Construction of Providence, RI was the apparent low bidder with a bid amount of 67,800,000.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority received bids on May 9th for the Fitchburg Commuter Rail Improvements. J.F. White Contracting Co. of Framingham, MA was the apparent low bidder with a bid of $57,737,500.

The City of Keene, NH received bids for the WWTF Phosphorus & Disinfection Upgrade designed by Hoyle Tanner & Associates of Manchester, NH. The MacMillan Company of Keene, NH was the apparent low bidder on the project.

Bids were received on May 9, 2013 for the construction of the 13,000 SF CVS Pharmacy No. 10127 in Berlin, VT. The project is being developed by Gershman Brown Crowley, Inc. of Lincoln, RI and Norr, LLC of Detroit was the architect. The general contract was awarded to Fortney & Weygandt, Inc. of North Olmsted, OH.

Murnane Building Contractors of Whitesboro, NY was awarded the contract for the Syracuse University Bookstore & Fitness Center for bids received on April 12, 2013. The 124,000 SF building is being developed by the Cameron Group out of East Syracuse and is being designed by Slaggie Architects, Inc. out of Kansas City, MO.

Construction is expected to start soon for the Glatfelter Hall Renovation at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, PA. Bids were received on April 16, 2013. The architect on the project is Noelker & Hull Associates, Inc. of Chambersburg, PA and Morgan-Keller Construction of Columbia, MD is the general contractor.

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