Beck Construction is set to build a new $100M manufacturing, research and development facility for cosmetics company Mary Kay in Lewisville, Texas.The 44,000sq m facility — to be located on a 26.2-acre plot at the northeast corner of Denton Tap Road and Vista Ridge Mall Drive — will support Mary Kay’s future needs in producing high-quality skin care and colour cosmetics.Jacobs Engineering will provide the building design services for the project. Mary Kay’s chief supply chain officer Thomas Cho said: “This state-of-the-art facility is being specifically designed and built to meet not only today’s, but tomorrow’s, challenges to ensure the future of Mary Kay in an ever-growing and changing global marketplace.“We are very excited about our innovative vision for Mary Kay’s new US-based global manufacturing and research and development facility.”Construction work is set to begin in September 2016 with projected completion due for the first quarter of 2018.
You might think that tunnels are always built by professionals, with an obvious and practical purpose — to transport people, to reach a deposit of coal or diamonds, to transport water, and so on. For some, however, digging a tunnel is a hobby, a distraction, an escape, a way of expanding their houses underground or even a way to exercise — we look at some of the tunnels built by ordinary people around the world. 1. Elton Macdonald
Adding capacity to the over-tasked wastewater system in Mexico City, an alignment through changing ground conditions is a likely candidate for Robbins’ Crossover TBM, Nicole Robinson reports.In the mountains northwest of Mexico City, the soft rock is self-supporting and very consolidated, a dream to mine. "Even the face is self-supporting," says Roberto Gonzalez, Robbins' general manager in Mexico. "You could use a normal backhoe and excavate like that. It's a beautiful ground to bore."But the alignment crosses valleys of tuff, faults and finishes with a stretch of soft ground with low cover. This is the scenario for Túnel Emisor Poniente II (TEP II), or the English translation of West Drainage Tunnel II.Conagua, Mexico's national water commission, is building the 5.9km-long tunnel with a 7m i.d. to reduce flooding in the area, and increase wastewater capacity. Across three municipalities, some 2.1 million people will benefit from the tunnel project.The contractor joint venture of Aldesa, Proacon and Recsa chose an 8.7m diameter, dual-mode type machine capable of "crossing over" between rock and EPB. With the August 2015 tunnel boring machine (TBM) launch on TEP II, manufacturer Robbins has supplied its first Crossover machine in Mexico.End gameRobbins draws comparisons to the Kargi Kizilirmak hydroelectric project in Central Turkey. The design of the TEP II machine was based largely on experience from past projects, and that TBM in particular. While initial reports on the Turkey project showed fractured hard rock, Robbins explains, within 80m of launch the geology became substantially more difficult than expected, consisting of blocky rock, sand, clays and water-bearing zones. The machine required multiple bypass tunnels and major modifications before it could resume excavation.Robbins says these modifications proved instrumental to the design of its Crossover TBMs, including the TEP II machine.In Mexico, the contractor JV expects to convert the machine from hard rock to EPB mode due to changing ground conditions in the last kilometre of the alignment. "Initially the proposal was a hard rock machine but they found they have 800m of water-more EPM conditions-that's the reason we proposed a Crossover," explains Javier Alcala, job site engineer for Robbins on TEP II.The ground conditions at TEP II are complex, from competent to weathered volcanic rock to clay, and sand. The final 800m is also the portion of the alignment with the lowest cover, some 12m, and the most populated. This is one of the reasons for using a Crossover machine. The rest of the drive has between 50-60m of cover on average with some stretches up to 150m."We try not to convert unless it's completely necessary because you stop, you have to drain the screw conveyor inside the machine, and you have to make a lot of changes, for example on the cutterhead," Robbins' Gonzalez explains.As an open mode machine boring in rock, the TBM is equipped in the event of entering running ground, he says. "These closure doors are able to maintain the material in the cutting chamber. They're just a safety." In smaller valleys of tuff there is potentially some water, but it's unknown for now, he explains."For these cases we believe that these closure doors will be held to see what we have to do with the material, if we have to consolidate in the front."Tight fitAldesa's Castillo says one of the biggest accomplishments on the project so far has been organising the logistics in such a small work space-fewer than 10,000 sq m. The JV excavated a 30m deep launch shaft supported by 800mm-thick Milan walls (slurry walls), and used on-site first time assembly, he says, to start excavation as soon as possible.Once assembled by gantry crane, the machine bored 100m before adding back gantries. When completely assembled the machine has nine gantries for a total length of 1,030m.At the time Tunnels & Tunnelling visited the project, the crews were still adjusting to having the full machine in operation, and had only recently started using the continuous conveyors for muck.The TBM was mining through a transition zone between tuffs and dacites, and had excavated 435m by mid November 2015. At the time of publication the TBM has bored 1,417.5m, which equates to 945 rings. The best day has seen an advancement of 42.8m and the best week is 185.1m. Robbins' Mexico office reports the TBM has reached softer geology and is boring very well.Tunnelling is expected to finish within this year and a second lining of reinforced concrete will be installed following excavation to extend the life of the tunnel. "Once we arrive to the final bit, it's a very close curve of 400m radius," Alcala explains.The tunnel alignment ends along the rivers of San Javier and Xochimanga in Atizapan de Zaragoza.
UK-based property and construction consultancy Gleeds has been selected as project and cost manager on Formal Investments’ £75M commercial redevelopment in Glasgow, Scotland.The proposed development will include a 12-storey new building, incorporating 12,000sq m of Grade A office space on Bath Street, as well as the remodelling and refurbishment of a second building, formerly home to retailer BHS.Furthermore, a third premises located on Sauchiehall Street will be refurbished to include a total area of 22,000sq m.The former BHS site will be knocked down to make way for the new building, with the remaining construction set to include about 7,000sq m of office space above the existing retail offering. Under the contract, Gleeds will provide assistance in appointing additional consultants and managing the entire programme of works, once planning permissions for the project have been received.Gleeds’ director for Glasgow Brian Stevenson said: “I am delighted to be working with Formal Investments on yet another large-scale city centre development.“This scheme has the potential to completely transform both the commercial and public realms of this part of Glasgow and represents a fantastic opportunity for business across the board.”Subject to necessary approvals, work is anticipated to commence in mid-2017.
Specialist regeneration and development firm Urbo has submitted plans for a £175M mixed-use development project at West Bar, Sheffield.The West Bar Square project comprises 10 buildings, each with self-contained parking.The scheme, fronting Sheffield’s inner relief road, will create up to 130,000sq m of space, most of which will be office space.The application also includes plans for apartments blocks, a four-star hotel, restaurants, retail units and public spaces.The project presents a significant step forward in the regeneration of Sheffield’s Riverside Business District, which already contains major employers such as the Home Office and lawyers Irwin Mitchell.Peter Swallow, Urbo’s managing director, said: “We’re delighted to move West Bar Square to the next level. It is a very significant development for the city and will create a premier business district to attract major employers.“There has also been strong interest in private rented sector apartments with many investment funds eager to house people in a purpose-built environment.”Site assembly and clearance is already underway to enable the earliest possible start on site, subject to planning approval.
Madison’s City Council has given the go-ahead to the $170M Judge Doyle Square project in downtown Madison, USA.The redevelopment will cover two downtown blocks that currently house the Madison Municipal Building and the Government East parking garage.The project plans by Beitler Real Estate Services include construction of 354 apartments, retail and office space, and a parking facility. Work will also involve construction of a hotel with 250 rooms.The project is subject to various approvals, such as land use considerations.The project faced many set backs through the years. This started with biotechnology firm Exact Sciences scrapping plans for Judge Doyle Square headquarters. Later, the city received two updated proposals for the Judge Doyle Square project from Beitler Real Estate Services Joint Venture and Vermilion Enterprises, with Beitler finally being selected.Construction on the project is expected to commence in 2017.
UK-based commercial property developer Stoford announced that work has commenced on a new multi-million pound high-tech facility near Bournemouth Airport.The project includes the construction of a 15,000sq m unit, comprising 4,000sq m of offices and an 11,000sq m production unit, on a 10.64-acre site.According to the developer, forward funding for the project has been concluded with Global Gate Capital, together with its simultaneous acquisition of a nine-acre site form Bournemouth airport operator and owner MAG Property.Stoford’s joint managing director Matt Burgin said: “We are excited to unveil the plans for the facility at Aviation Business Park at Bournemouth Airport, in association with MAG Property. “The new development will bring a significant amount of investment to the south coast, providing new jobs and more opportunities for the surrounding area.”Rudy Sayegh, CEO at Global Gate Capital, said: “We are delighted to have completed this forward funding, our second with Stoford Developments in recent months, and we are looking to invest a further £100M in such property in 2016.”Planning was approved by Christchurch Borough Council last year after proposals were submitted by Stoford and the land owner MAG Property — the property and development arm of Manchester Airports Group (MAG).
The University of Central Florida (UCF) has selected a team to design and construct its new $60M campus in downtown Orlando, Florida.The team — composed by SchenkelShultz Architecture, Robert A.M. Stern Architects and Skanska USA Building — will be responsible for the 15,000sq m academic building, which will be the centrepiece of the new campus.The partnership will also support the renovation of UCF’s existing Center for Emerging Media, which is home to several academic programs.SchenkelShultz Architecture’s president and chief operating officer J. Thomas Chandler said: “Our team is excited to create an innovative campus in downtown Orlando that transforms the urban city center and embraces the neighboring Parramore community.“We are ready to work as a partner to UCF and the academic and business leaders of our community to create a timeless, 21st-century academic environment.”
Lendlease Building has been selected as the head contractor by Investa and Gwynvill Group to build the $300M 60 Martin Place skyscraper in Sydney, Australia.The 33-storey building will feature more than 40,000sq m of lettable area with floor plates ranging from 1,200 to 1,500sq m.The skyscraper will be located on the corners of Macquarie Street, Martin Place and Phillip Street, opposite to the Reserve Bank and State Parliament.Investa’s head of commercial development Mark Tait said: “We are delighted to partner with Lendlease Building in this significant Sydney project.“Lendlease brings outstanding construction capability and extensive, relevant experience in high-quality commercial office developments, which will underpin the quality of the 60 Martin Place offering.”Work on the project will start in July 2016, with completion expected in the third quarter of 2019.
SNC-Lavalin in joint venture with Aecon Group has secured two contracts from Ontario Power Generation (OPG) for nuclear services at the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station in Ontario, Canada.Under the first contract worth $265M, the JV will be responsible for the refurbishment of all four 935MW steam turbine generators at the station, along with the generators’ overhauls and moisture separator re-heaters, condenser repairs and implementation of new controls systems.Work has already started and is expected to be complete in 2025.According to the second contract, valued at $127M, the JV will provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for the Retube Waste Processing Building. The work, shared equally between the two companies, is anticipated to be completed in 2017.SNC-Lavalin’s chief nuclear officer and executive vice president of nuclear Preston Swafford said: “We are pleased to work closely with OPG to extend the life of one of Canada’s largest nuclear generating stations.“Our nuclear capabilities ensure that the Candu nuclear reactors will continue to provide safe, reliable, affordable and CO2-free energy to Ontario for up to another 30 years.”
UAE-based Arabian Construction Company (ACC) has been awarded a contract to build Mashreq Bank new headquarters in Dubai.The 151m-tall tower will be built within a period of 28 months and will feature four basements, a ground level and 35 additional storeys.The L-shaped structure, with a square top crown by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Chicago office, will cover a plot area of 4,868sq m and a total built-up area of 71,292sq m. Ghassan Merehbi, ACC’s chairman, said: “We are delighted to be working with one of the best-known banking industry names in the Middle East, and to be able to add Mashreq Bank headquarters to our portfolio of noteworthy projects across the UAE.”Mashreq will relocate from its current headquarters in Deira, where it has been operating since its establishment in 1967, to the new building as soon as it is completed. HE AbdulAziz Al Ghurair, Mashreq’s CEO, said: “The planned tower is testament to the growth we have witnessed over the last 50 years, which has in many ways mirrored that of both Dubai and the UAE.“In a short space of time, the country has established itself as an international gateway for trade and banking, and we’re confident in its ability to maintain its momentum, allowing us to continue investing in our business and talent across the country and wider region.”Construction work is expected to commence in December 2016, with its completion expected in April 2019.
Legal & General Property (LGP) has entered into a partnership with Mitsubishi Estate London to build the £275M Hammersmith office scheme in London, UK.LGP has sold a 50% stake in the project, due to start next month, to Mitsubishi Estate London — forming the third partnership between both companies. The 23,000sq m building project has planning consent from Hammersmith & Fulham Council and will consist of a basement, ground and 11 upper-storeys, and an extensive public realm, including a new urban park and plaza.It will also include four shop or leisure units and an 110sq m work lobby café.Simon Wilkes, LGP's head of business space development, said: “245 Hammersmith Road will be much more than just an office building; we are creating a destination with modern working and lifestyle trends at the core of our thinking. "There is still a lack of Grade A development taking place which means we are set to benefit from rental growth. “We are already seeing high levels of interest from blue chip occupiers, who are particularly drawn to the design and location of the scheme, especially given the competitive nature of the rents compared to the West End."The scheme, designed by Sheppherd Robson, is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2019.<iframe src="https://timetric.com/c/HHEXNFX/chart/" style="width:500px;height:350px;border:0;" frameborder="0" scrolling="no"></iframe>
Broadbridge LA joint venture has secured a $164.5M loan from Jamestown to redevelop the 102,000sq m Broadway Trade Center in downtown Los Angeles, California.The loan will be used to support the eight-storey building’s extensive refurbishment, which is currently in progress. Plans will also include a food marketplace, bars and restaurants, retail space, a hotel, a rooftop park and flexible office space with large floorplates.Jamestown’s president Michael Phillips said: “The Broadway Corridor is poised to make a comeback as the urban heart of Los Angeles, and we’re pleased that we can assist as a lender on this transformative redevelopment project.“We are committed to investing our resources in projects that transform spaces into true destinations through innovative mixed-use components, and we’re confident in the future of the Broadway Trade Center and the surrounding neighbourhood.”
UK-based house builder Hill has received planning approval from London Borough of Waltham Forest for its £100M residential project in East London, UK.The development, to be located in Lea Bridge, will include the construction of three residential towers, comprising 300 homes.Designed by Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects, the project will also feature 2,000sq m of commercial space and a gym. The site will benefit from the recently re-opened Lea Bridge rail station and new cycle routes — due to be created through Transport for London’s Mini Holland scheme.Hill’s chief executive Andy Hill said: “East London remains one of the capital’s most exciting areas for regeneration. “We’re tapping into this growing momentum, bringing homes, offices and a host of amenities to an area which previously suffered due to a lack of investment.“Working closely with the London Borough of Waltham Forest, these proposals will breathe new life into the area, becoming a catalyst for further regeneration and investment.”Construction work on the site will start in autumn 2016 and will be completed in summer 2019 — with the first apartments launching for sale in early 2018.
AECOM’s unit Tishman Construction has been appointed to manage construction of an $1bn commercial office development in Manhattan, New York.The 1,401ft-tall skyscraper, called One Vanderbilt, will be located in the heart of New York’s East Midtown business district. The 58-storey building will feature 149,000sq m of Class A commercial space, a public transit hall at the base of the building connected to a 1,300sq m public plaza, and $220M of public transit improvements to the Grand Central transit hub.Upon completion, the project is expected to be the second-tallest office tower in New York City. Tishman will construct the office building, expected to achieve LEED v4 Gold certification, for New York City-based commercial property owner, SL Green Realty Corp. AECOM’s chairman and CEO Michael Burke said: “As the quintessential New York builder, we are proud that SL Green is entrusting us to build this iconic structure that will help reshape the skyline.“We are excited to extend our expertise in delivering the highest-performance buildings as part of the dramatic transformation underway in Midtown East, one of the premier business districts in the world.”Construction work is set to commence in 2016 and is expected to be complete in 2020.
UK-based developer Elliot Group has unveiled plans to construct three 34-storey residential towers in Liverpool.Designed by architects Falconer Chester Hall, the development, to be located on the northern gateway to Liverpool’s business district, will feature more than 1,000 new homes. The £250M project, set to become the largest single private housing project in the city, will be developed on land acquired from Liverpool investors, the Smith family, on Leeds Street.Elliot Group director Elliot Lawless said: “We wanted to create a statement of confidence for people entering the city.“If our proposals are approved then they will go a long way to helping Leeds Street fulfil its potential as a dramatic gateway along the northern edge of the city centre.”Elliot is now in discussions with Liverpool council’s planning and design officers and expects to submit a planning application in early September.
John Holland has been awarded a $324M early works package for Melbourne Metro in Victoria, Australia.John Holland will be responsible for excavating shafts in the centre of Melbourne as part of the preparation works for the tunnel and five new underground stations.The contract will also include the excavation of open shafts adjacent to Swanston Street to enable the underground construction of two new city stations built as part of the $10.9bn project.Excavation of the CBD North Station will include two shafts at Franklin and A’Beckett Street, which will be covered by acoustic sheds to minimise noise for neighbouring residents and offices.According to John Holland, the construction of CBD South will include the partial demolition of the car park underneath City Square.Other works in the package include the relocation and protection of up to 100 utilities, including gas, power and telecommunications services, and the 120-year-old brick main sewer line under the Domain interchange.Works are expected to commence within weeks, with work on the stations’ shafts to begin in 2017, after the completion of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) that is currently underway and the project’s formal planning approval.
UK-based developer Ashfield Land has received planning approval from South Gloucestershire Council to construct an £100M office building at Bristol Parkway Station.The 19,000sq m HQ office project, named The Approach, will be developed on the site located off Hunts Ground Road, immediately east of Bristol Parkway Station.Ashfield Land believes that the project’s rail connections will be maximised with the electrification of the Great Western line — which is set to reduce journey times and increase frequency to London and other destinations into South Wales — and the opening of Crossrail in 2017/18. A new link road will also be built offering direct access to the M32.Ashfield‘s land director James Digby said: “Bringing 19,000sq m of excellently-connected office space forward is a strong sign of confidence in the Bristol occupier market. “The area has a strong track record in attracting major organisations particularly in financial services, defence and aerospace. The approved plans maximise the site’s location and public transport connectivity and will offer a stand out scheme for any corporate occupier.”The project is expected to be complete in 2018.
Whaha Capital subsidiary Waha Land has signed an AED426M ($116M) financial deal with Emirates Islamic Bank for Stage 2 of its Almarkaz light industrial real estate project in the United Arab Emirates.The 1.5sq km development is located 25km south of Abu Dhabi city. Stage 2 of the project, to be built in two packages, will include an additional 187,000sq m of premium industrial and logistics facilities, as well as retail and commercial amenities.Package 2a, to be delivered by Ali & Sons Contracting L.L.C, consists of 92,500sq m of industrial and logistics facilities, and retail and commercial amenities. The first buildings will be available for occupancy in June 2017, while the entire package is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2017.Further development will include flexible industrial building sizes, fitted industrial units, warehouse and storage facilities, commercial offices and food beverage outlets.Hazem Saeed Al Nowais, Waha Land’s chief executive officer, said: “Almarkaz has proven extremely popular because of the quality of the facility, and its excellent location as a hub in transport infrastructure.“This success has enabled the project to achieve attractive financing. Building on the success of Stage 1, we are moving ahead with our planned development, which aims to meet the needs of the Abu Dhabi manufacturing and logistics market in addition to SME’s.” Almarkaz’s Stage 1 comprises 90,000sq m of industrial and logistic units, which are already fully leased.
Strabag’s Swiss subsidiary has secured an €100M contract for the construction of an office building and a production building for Siemens in Zug, Switzerland.The contract, awarded by Siemens Real Estate, will be executed on a design and build basis with Strabag AG Switzerland serving as the main contractor for the project.The office building will be constructed using building information modelling (BIM), which guarantees a level of security in terms of cost, design and scheduling.The seven-storey facility will offer 31,700sq m of space on every floor for mechanical/electrical, seminar and conference rooms, as well as an underground car park.The four-storey production building will include production halls, laboratories and offices on 24,000sq m of floor area. An automated transport and storage system will be included on the basement level.STRABAG’s CEO Thomas Birtel said: “BIM.5D is the future of building. The aim of BIM is to digitally collect, combine and link all relevant data associated with the entire building lifecycle. This creates a building data model that basically is a giant synchronised database.“The model simulates for all involved how the building will change as construction progresses, which materials will be required in which quantities at what time, and what consequences could arise from late changes to the design.”Both buildings are to be completed in June 2018.