Southeast Region Bidding Landscape – May – July 2013

The commercial construction bidding landscape was active with bids over the last three months in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. There were 4,872 projects that had a bid date between May 1st and July 31st in the Southeast region. Of the 4,872 projects that bid, 3,785 were public sector projects and 1,088 were private sector projects. CDCNews reported on 1,869 projects that bid during this time period in Florida, 1,083 projects in Georgia, 1,169 projects in North Carolina and 752 projects in South Carolina.

For the 3,785 public projects that bid in the region, 1,783 were classified as Heavy & Highway, 1,117 as General Building, 803 as Specialty Trades and 514 as Sewer & Water. 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.

On the public sector side, Engineering projects led the way at 49 percent of all public bids followed by Educational at 17 percent, Governmental at 13 percent and General/Civil Joint Projects at 12 percent. Roadwork accounted for the majority of the Engineering projects bid in the region with 1,106 of the 1,858 projects bid being for road construction and road paving projects.

Retail construction projects continue to dominate the private sector. Of the 1,088 private sector projects that bid in the region, 761 were for retail projects which was 70 percent of total private projects bid. This was followed by Residential at 9 percent, Medical at 8 percent and Office and Hospitality/Entertainment both at 4 percent. The majority of Retail projects were for retail stores (stand alone and fit-outs) at 461 followed by restaurants (stand alone and fit-outs) at 181.

Following is a sampling of the projects that bid for the Southeast region from May 1st through July 31st:

Dragados USA, Inc. dba Superior Construction of Indiana was the apparent low bidder on July 24th for the Florida DOT I-75 Express Lanes Segment “E”. Their bid was for $74,960,000. Segment “E” will run from north of Griffin Road to I-595.

Construction is expected to start this month for the Landmark Healthcare Medical Office Building in Jacksonville. Perry McCall Construction, Inc. of Jacksonville was selected as the general contractor from bids received on June 28th. The six-story, 210,000 SF project was designed by Gresham Smith & Partners of Jacksonville.

The Glynn County Airport Commission received bids on June 28th for the Runway 7/25 Taxiway A & Associated Connectors Pavement Rehabilitation. Seaboard Construction Company of Brunswick, GA was the apparent low bidder with a base bid of $15,117,703.90.

Gillam & Associates of Aiken, SC were selected as the general contractor for the Walmart Supercenter No. 4185-00 in Suwanee, GA. The 180,000 SF retail store is being built at the corner of Peachtree Pkwy and Brookwood Rd.

Bids were received on May 14th by the City of Raleigh Public Utilities for the Neuse River WWTP Expansion to 75 MGD Phase III. PC Construction Co. of Burlington, VT was awarded a $25.6 million contract for the project. PC Construction was also the apparent low bidder on the project.

The Florence School District One received bids on July 9th for construction of the New Royall Elementary School. McKnight Construction of Clemson, SC was the apparent low bidder. Cummings & McCrady, Inc. is serving as the CM and Goforth, Brown & Associates, Inc. is the architect for the 90,000 SF replacement school.

All of the data in this report was sourced using CDCNews’ Commercial Construction Market Intelligence™.

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