Southeast Region Bidding Landscape – September – November 2013

Today we take a look at the commercial construction bidding landscape for the Southeast region for September through November 2013. The states of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina remained active with bids over the last three months. There were 4,064 projects that had a bid date between September 1st and November 30th in the Southeast region. Of the 4,064 projects that bid, 3,107 were public sector projects and 957 were private sector projects. During the same time period last year there were only 3,574 total bids with 2,775 for the public sector and 799 for the private sector.

Of the 3,107 public projects that bid in the region, 1,475 were classified as Heavy & Highway, 971 as General Building, 559 as Specialty Trades and 449 as Sewer & Water. There is always some overlap with 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.

Engineering projects led the way at 51 percent of all public bids in the region. Engineering projects cover a wide range of construction types from roadwork and paving projects to bridge construction and underground sewer and water projects. This was followed by Educational and General/Civil Joint Projects at 13 percent each, Governmental at 12 percent and Residential clocking in at 4 percent.

Construction projects for the retail industry continue to be the driving force behind private commercial construction projects. This has been a constant for all regions throughout the year. Of the 957 private sector projects that bid in the region, 638 were for retail which made up 65 percent of all private projects bid. Medical industry projects were a distant second at 10 percent in the region followed by Hospitality/Entertainment at 7 percent and Residential and Office both at 6 percent.

Following is a sampling of the projects that bid for the Southeast region from September 1st through November 30th:

Bids were received on November 26, 2013 for the Elvington Property Student Housing Phase I at Coastal Carolina University. The 171,000 SF project will consist of two residential buildings and was designed by Quackenbush Architects & Planning of Columbia, SC. The apparent low bidder on the project was H.G. Reynolds with a base bid of $33,000,000.

Godfrey Construction Company, Inc. of Monroe, NC was selected as the general contractor for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints on Leesville Road in Raleigh, NC. Construction is expected to start soon on the 19,422 SF church designed by Michael McLeod Architects of Hampstead, NC.

Bids were received on October 10, 2013 for the renovation of the Southwest Atlanta Medical Center. Choate Construction Company of Atlanta was selected as the general contractor for the 104,000 SF renovation project. The architect on the project is CNNA Architects, Inc. of Atlanta.

Prince Contracting of Tampa, FL was the apparent low bidder with a base bid of $89,256,735 for the FDOT SR 50 Add Lanes & Pavement Rehabilitation project that bid on October 30, 2013. The project will widen a four-lane rural highway into a six-lane urban divided highway.

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

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