Temple University in Philadephia has broken ground on a $170m library, the most expensive project undertaken by the university to date.The library has been designed by Snøhetta, but it is being built in collaboration with Stantec. Originally planned to be built on Broad Street, the building is now being constructed at the centre of Temple's campus, between Polett Walk and 13th Street. This 225,000sq ft library will be one of the few libraries in the world that uses the automatic search and retrieval system (ASRS), which will store 90% of the 2m books held by the university. The library is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.
The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) Airports Division has broken ground on the new Consolidated Rent-A-Car (Conrac) facility at Kahului Airport, Maui.The cost of the Maui Conrac facility is approximately $340m, which is part of the $2.7bn statewide Modernization Program that is aimed at improving facilities at airports around the state of Hawaii.Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company is the lead contractor of the project and design team is being led by Demattei Wong Architects.Kahului Airport rents an average of 2,200 cars daily. The Conrac will house more than a dozen rental car companies in one location close to the main terminal. The new Conrac will be a three-level structure comprising rental car offices, customer service counters, ‘ready and return’ rental car spaces, and Quick-Turn-Around (QTA) areas with fuel and car wash facilities to service rental car fleets.There will be nearly 3,800 parking stalls for the rental car companies and another 700 dedicated to employee parking.Maui Conrac's new electric tram built on a rail system will eventually be powered by solar energy, which will help the airport reduce its overall carbon footprint. It will also minimise congestion around the airport. The facility will be accessible through a new road that will extend from the Hana Highway to the Airport Loop Road. The facility's decorative feature elements will also serve as an irrigation reservoir with non-potable water for landscaped areas. The reservoir will contain nearly 140,000 gallons of non-potable water that will be filtered to eliminate particles and will prevent clogging the system. This also means more potable water will be available for the community.Maui Conrac will be completed in approximately three and a half years. It will employ more than 200 people on the site and a total industry employment of more than 500 jobs.The project is being exclusively funded by a Customer Facility Charge, which consists of a daily charge of $4.50 to those who rent a car.
NTE Energy has announced that it is developing three natural gas-fired electric generating facilities involving a total investment of around $2bn.The three facilities will include the Pickaway Energy Center (Pickaway County, Ohio), the Killingly Energy Center (Killingly, Connecticut) and the Reidsville Energy Center (Rockingham County, North Carolina).
MidAmerican Energy Company has filed a request with the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) to build the $3.6bn Wind XI, which would be the largest wind generation project that the company has ever undertaken.The company will scout for final locations for its Wind XI development while the IUB considers the project filing request. Wind XI is expected to add up to 2,000MW of wind power capacity in Iowa.The project will generate approximately $12.5m per year in property tax payments, $18m per year in landowner payments, and $48m per year in state and local expenditures associated with the project.The company has requested IUB to sanction its rate-making principles by September 2016 so it can take full advantage of the extended production tax credit available for the construction of new wind projects.MidAmerican Energy CEO and president Bill Fehrman said: “Once the project is complete, we will generate wind energy equal to 85% of our annual customer sales in Iowa, bringing us within striking distance of our 100% renewable vision.”
RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust (RioCan), along with Embassy BOSA, has broken ground on the $500m Fifth and Third East Village project in Calgary.The 2.8-acre project site is located in the East Village area of downtown Calgary, Alberta. The mixed-use project, formerly known as CPA Lands, will include approximately 188,000 sq ft of retail space.Central to the project will be an 82,000 sq ft Loblaws City Market that will service the East Village, Bridgeland and Inglewood. Two residential towers will rise 20 floors above it, totalling 500 condos. Other tenants will include Shoppers Drug Mart and Olympia Liquor store.RioCan will own 100% of the retail portion of the site and has entered into a firm sale with the developer Embassy BOSA for the air rights above the commercial component of this development site.Embassy BOSA will be responsible developing the residential portion and will also fund their proportionate share of the infrastructure costs on a cost-to-complete basis. It had already paid the first instalment in the first quarter of 2016.Construction work on the project is anticipated to be completed in 2019.
ProMedica Toledo Hospital has broken ground on the new $300m project at Toledo, Ohio.The new building, known as Generations Tower, will replace the 86-year-old Legacy Tower on North Cove Boulevard. The 615,000 sq ft tower will house 320 patient rooms.The project design has integrated environmentally-friendly building principles, such as glass curtain walls to increase natural light, energy-conserving mechanical, electrical and plumping systems, and long-lasting terracotta masonry panels.Construction work is expected to continue through the autumn of 2017. Work will continue for two more years to install mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems, build parking lots and provide finishing touches to the tower. The tower is expected open to patients by the end of 2019, and will create more than 1,000 construction jobs in the region.
Tyson Foods has sought approval from the Finance Committee of the Carroll County Quorum Court to build a new $136m processing facility near its existing poultry plant in Green Forest, Arkansas.The project is subject to sanction of certain tax abatements from the Carroll County Quorum Court, and sales and use tax credits from the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC).The Green Forest plant produces a variety of partially cooked chicken products for food service and retail customers. The new processing facility will increase capacity, and improve efficiency by reducing transportation of products to other locations for further processing.The 200,000 sq ft facility will be built across the street from the existing plant, with the two facilities connected by a corridor. Improvements will include new equipment and production lines, as well as processes and technology that will benefit food safety, quality and workplace safety.Construction is slated to start as early as summer of 2016 and the project should be completed in late 2017. When fully operational, the new processing plant will create about 85 jobs.Tyson Foods president of poultry Noel White said: "This project would allow us to better serve our foodservice customers through improved product mix and greater efficiencies."This is the first new plant construction project Tyson Foods has proposed to build in a number of years and we're hopeful we can partner with Carroll County and the AEDC to invest in our home state."
The CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California has revealed details of the first phase of a $200m multi-year expansion plan.Phase I will be anchored by a new emergency department (ED), as the hospital has decided to build a completely new ED rather than renovating the existing one.The new ED will include an expansion from the current 20 beds to 26 and a more than doubling in size of the department's physical space to 26,000 sq ft, which is 11,000 sq ft at present.Phase I will also include a new 650-spot parking structure for patients, employees and visitors and a comprehensive beautification of the hospital campus. The kitchen and dietary department, which serves patients, visitors and employees, will be relocated and rebuilt as well.The ground-breaking ceremony is scheduled to take place in November 2016 and Phase I is expected to be completed by November 2017. Work on the new emergency department is slated to commence immediately with a projected completion date of autumn 2019. CHA Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center CEO Jerry Clute said: "The upgraded facilities will provide the environment and easy access to care that the community deserves while furnishing our medical staff and other clinicians with the tools they need to deliver top-notch medical care."
Faraday Future, a US-based electric car maker, has broken ground on $1bn manufacturing plant in Nevada.The company said that it will build its flagship production vehicle at the new facility located 25 miles north of the Las Vegas Strip.The environmentally-friendly plant will be powered by solar, wind, and geo-thermal energy. Construction work on the project will commence in less than a month’s time. The project is expected to create 4,500 jobs in the region.Faraday Future global vice president of manufacturing Dag Reckhorn said: “This first plant will be a truly modern workspace, offering a clean, open air environment, ergonomic arrangements, and an encouraged interactivity between employees and visitors. This will make for a brand new, cutting-edge west coast hub for the EV industry.”
Enel Green Power North America (EGPNA), a subsidiary of Enel, has begun construction on the Cimarron Bend wind farm in the US, which will entail an investment of about $610m.Located in Clark County, Kansas, the wind farm will be owned by Cimarron Bend Wind Project, a subsidiary of EGPNA. When completed, Cimarron Bend will have a total installed capacity of 400MW and will be able to generate around 1.8TWh annually, which will be sufficient to cater to the annual consumption needs of more than 149,000 US households. It will also prevent the emission of around 1.3m tonnes of CO2 each year.The power and renewable energy credits from Cimarron Bend will be sold under two 200MW bundled, long-term power purchase agreements with Google and Kansas City Board of Public Utilities (BPU) respectively. The project is slated to begin operations by 2017. It is financed through the Enel Group's own resources.Enel Green Power head Francesco Venturini said: "This project marks a major milestone for Enel, as not only will Cimarron Bend be the largest asset in our portfolio, but it also opens our renewable energy to new partners and uses."As we continue to invest and grow in the US we aim to cooperate with companies and partners that share the same vision for a more sustainable future."
TransCanada has been selected to construct, own and operate the Tula–Villa de Reyes natural gas pipeline in Mexico.Estimated to cost about $550m, the 36-inch diameter, 420km pipeline will start at Tula in the state of Hidalgo, and go up to Villa de Reyes, in the state of San Luis Potosí.It will be used to transport natural gas to power generation facilities in the central region of the country. The new pipeline will be linked with TransCanada's Tamazunchale and Tuxpan–Tula pipelines, as well as with other transporters in the region.With the Tula–Villa de Reyes pipeline, TransCanada will be operating six natural gas pipeline systems in Mexico representing an overall investment of about $3.6bn.Mexico's state-owned power company Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) will aid the construction of the pipeline with a 25-year natural gas transportation service contract for 886m cubic feet per day.Tula–Villa de Reyes pipeline is slated to be operational by early 2018.TransCanada president and CEO Russ Girling said: "The Tula–Villa de Reyes Pipeline complements our existing pipeline network in Mexico and furthers our strategy of owning and operating highly contracted and regulated assets that generate stable and predictable earnings and cash flow streams."
Skanska has won a contract from Westchester Medical Center to construct a new ambulatory care pavilion on the existing hospital campus in New York.The contract is valued at about SEK1.2bn ($140m). It will be included in order bookings for Skanska USA Building in the first quarter of 2016.Under the contract, Skanska will construct a 26,000 sq m, eight-storey pavilion. It will feature a new ambulatory operating room suite, an imaging centre, a lobby, physician office space, entry canopy for patient drop-off, and new roof-top mechanical, electrical and plumbing units.Skanska is also responsible for the construction of the interior spaces and the expansion of the existing parking lot.Construction work on the project is scheduled to start in June 2016 and is expected to be completed in September 2018.
The Nevada Department of Transportation (NDOT), along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and city of Las Vegas, has begun construction on Project NEON, a public works project that will entail an investment of about $1bn.Kiewit Infrastructure West Co. is the general contractor for the project under a $559.4m design-build contract, with Atkins North America serving as the project's lead designer.Project NEON will widen 3.7 miles of Interstate 15 between Sahara Avenue and the ‘Spaghetti Bowl’ interchange in downtown Las Vegas. At present nearly 300,000 vehicles pass through this route daily, with 25,000 lane changes per hour. Traffic through the corridor is expected to double by 2035.Project NEON will include an 81ft-tall, 2,606ft-long High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) flyover bridge that will also accommodate carpool traffic along part of the route.The project will also convert the two existing I-15 express lanes into a general purpose and HOV lane, thus creating 22 consecutive miles of carpool lanes.Other proposed upgrades include extending Grand Central Parkway over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, and connecting to Industrial Road for improved resort corridor access and mobility.When completed in mid-2019, Project NEON will reduce travel delays by 28%, creating $110m in annual savings through increased productivity. It will create 4,000 jobs in the region.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has broken ground on the $743m 183 South Expressway project.The eight-mile expressway will stretch from US 290 to State Highway71, tripling capacity on a corridor that carries more than 60,000 vehicles each day. It will have three tolled lanes in each direction in the middle of US 183, while the existing US 183 will be rebuilt with up to three non-tolled general purpose lanes in each direction.The new road will provide a non-stop, signal-free route to and from the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The project will also include a $25m investment in bicycle and pedestrian facilities. The project will preserve the Montopolis Steel Truss Bridge by transforming it into a bicycle and pedestrian bridge that will connect to a new trail head at the Colorado River below.Construction is expected to last about four years and take place in two phases. Phase one improvements, between US 290/290 Expressway and TechniCenter Drive, are scheduled to be completed in 2019. The second phase, stretching up to SH 71, is expected to be finished a year later.Mobility Authority chairman Ray Wilkerson said: "Beginning work on the 183 South Expressway project is a tremendous win for Central Texas as we build a stronger transportation network and enhance one of our area's key corridors, which hasn't seen an upgrade this significant since it was built more than 50 years ago."The Mobility Authority's hope for this roadway is that it will support broader efforts of making this region and city increasingly liveable and accessible for years to come."
Alabama Senate has passed Governor Robert Bentley's $800m bill to construct four prisons in the state.At present, Alabama prisons have about 24,000 inmates in facilities originally designed for about 13,000. The bill calls for closing 13 of the 15 men's prisons and Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. The state would build three new men's prisons accommodating 4,000 inmates each, and a new one for women with 1,200 beds. Replacing the old prisons will add about 3,000 beds.The state will borrow the money for construction.Governor Robert Bentley said: "I commend the Senate for taking a bold and decisive step toward prioritizing public safety in our prison system with the construction of four new prisons."The passage of this bill will help reduce overcrowding and will provide safer conditions for corrections officers as well as inmates within the facilities."New facilities will also create greater opportunities to reduce the risk of recidivism."
Siemens Financial Services (SFS) and Macquarie Infrastructure Partners III (MIP III) have agreed to construct a natural gas-fueled power plant worth more than $800m on a 150-acre property in Lordstown, Ohio. MIP III and SFS will provide 73% and 27% of the equity investment to help realise the project.Siemens has been chosen as the turnkey supplier for the 940MW natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant. The company will supply two gas turbines, one steam turbine, two generators as part of the gas turbine packages, one generator as part of the steam turbine package, and an integrated plant control system. The clean power produced at the Lordstown Energy Centre will be delivered to the PJM market, which serves approximately 800,000 homes. The plant will replace a portion of the more than 18GW of coal-fired generating capacity in the region.Clean Energy Future, the developer of the project, will retain an interest in the project, which is slated to be operational in summer 2018.During the development and construction phase, approximately 450 people will be employed in union positions. A consortium of banks led by Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Credit Agricole, Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Investec will finance the project with a $445m term debt.Siemens Power and Gas Division North America sales head and senior vice president John Gibson said: “As we look at the future of power generation in the United States, projects like the Lordstown Energy Center provide an example of how communities can harness cleaner-burning and affordable natural gas to provide efficient and reliable power.”
The Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe is set to break ground on First Light Resort & Casino in Taunton, Massachusetts, with an estimated cost of $1bn.The project will cover around 151 acres within an industrial park at 61R Stevens Street.The 150,000 sq ft casino will feature 3,000 slot machines, 150 gaming tables and 40 poker tables; food court, international buffet, two fine dining restaurants, center bar with lounge and stage, and a 24-hour café; 10 retail stores; 300-room luxury hotel with spa, large pool, roof terrace, and six event/meeting spaces; 300-room mid-range hotel with its own 200-seat 24-hour restaurant and 15,000 sq ft event centre; 300-room family 'water park' hotel with a 25,000 sq ft indoor/outdoor water park and an additional 500 surface parking spaces and 3,980 parking spaces in a parking garage.Construction will take place in four phases. The first phase of construction is slated to be completed by summer of 2017. The hotels, parking garage and water park will be built out through 2022.Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe's destination resort casino will create 1,000 union construction jobs during the building phases. The project will eventually bring over 2,500 permanent jobs to Taunton. Additionally, the resort casino will provide an estimated $120m in economic benefits to Taunton through payroll and opportunity for local business.The First Light Resort & Casino project is being backed by Malaysia-based casino operator Genting Group.
Ford Motor Company is investing $1.6bn in a new plant in Mexico's San Luis Potosi State in a bid to increase production of small cars.
Mayo Clinic is set to invest $100m in major construction projects at its Florida campus in 2016.Mayo Clinic will start constructing a destination medical building in mid-2016. The facility will provide integrated services needed for complex cancer, as well as neurologic and neurosurgical care.Initially, the building will have four floors, covering an area of 150,000 sq ft, with the potential for 11 more levels. Two floors will be devoted exclusively to haematology and oncology care, one floor for neurology and neurosurgery, a chemotherapy area, and spaces for training residents and fellows.Once opened, the building is expected to serve more than 126,000 patients in the first year alone. The staff strength of the haematology and oncology department will increase by 50%. The project will also enable the hiring of 12 new neurologists and neurosurgeons.Mayo Clinic has said that another construction project slated to commence this year on its Florida campus is a positron emission tomography (PET) radiochemistry facility.
Metal Container Corporation (MCC), a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch, has started construction on a $175m aluminium bottle line at its facility in Jacksonville, Florida.The new move is part of the company’s strategy to improve production of the Budweiser and Bud Light aluminium bottles.Anheuser-Busch has been producing aluminium bottles since 2013. Jacksonville will be the second MCC facility to produce them. Anheuser-Busch has also operated a brewery in Jacksonville since 1969. The project is expected to create about 75 new jobs at the facility.MCC president Dave Taylor said: “Since it launched in early 2014, the aluminium bottle has become overwhelmingly popular with beer drinkers, and we are proud to break ground on a new line in Jacksonville that will further expand production of the popular bottles, while adding jobs.“The innovative, high-demand aluminium bottles will be enjoyed by fans as the 2016 baseball season and the busy spring and summer beer-selling seasons begin.”