PCL Construction Management has reached substantial completion on the new $278M football stadium project in Regina, Canada.Called the Mosaic Stadium, it marks the first landmark project of the $1bn Regina Revitalization Initiative being undertaken by the city in three phases.The facility will serve as the new home of football team Saskatchewan Roughriders and will have the built-in flexibility to host different sports and entertainment events.It will feature a translucent spectator roof and a general admission lounge on its west side. 68% of the stadium’s seats will be located in the sunken lower bowl, offering unobstructed views of the field.PCL Regina district manager Sean Hamelin said: “The talented and dedicated individuals who worked on site and in support of this project should be extremely proud of what they accomplished. “They worked collaboratively, sharing in the success and setbacks, with a common goal of creating something they can be proud of. They have achieved that goal and created a facility the City and Province can be proud of.”
Environmental remediation work has started on a new $340M mixed-use redevelopment project in midtown St. Louis, Missouri.The City Foundry Saint Louis at Cortex, the new name of the former Federal Mogul Foundry property, is being designed and developed by Lawrence Group.Phase one of the project will involve the creation of 4,500sq m of restaurant and food hall space, 11,500sq m of office space in the City Foundry building complex, 12,000sq m of retail space that will be home to up to 45 retailers, and a 511-car parking garage.The first phase, expected to open in 2018, will also include the creation of amenities such as public plaza spaces, bike share, electric recharge stations and dedicated ride sharing drop-off.Later phases of the project will include the construction of a 279-unit residential tower, 25,000sq m of office, as well as 1,500sq m of retail space.The project will involve significant reuse of the historic structures, and will be funded by Eagle Bank.According to Lawrence Group, Bull Moose Industries has become a major investment partner in the redevelopment.Bull Moose’s CEO Michael Blatz said: “This new investment by Lord Paul represents our continued confidence in St. Louis as well as our belief in the exciting vision laid out by Steve Smith for the City Foundry development.”
PCL Construction has started construction on General Electric’s (GE) multi-modal “Brilliant Factory” in Welland, Canada.The plant — the first of its kind in Canada — will initially produce GE Power’s reciprocating gas engines, components for compression, mechanical drive and power generation, and components for GE transportation diesel engines.GE Canada president and CEO Elyse Allan said: “Export Development Canada’s (EDC) commitment to building global business activities and the outstanding support offered by the Ontario government, Niagara Region, and City strongly influenced our decision to build the factory in Welland. “I look forward to continuing our outstanding collaboration to create jobs and economic growth.”The plant is anticipated to create 220 jobs with operations commencing in early 2018. The first phase of the project is expected to cost $165M. According to GE, the multi-modal design enables future production expansion for its other businesses including power, oil & gas, and transportation.
US-based logistics and shipping company UPS has announced a $310M project to expand its Centennial Ground hub in Louisville, Kentucky.The expansion will almost triple the size of the company’s facility to 78,000sq m. The move comes in response to increased e-commerce and traditional retail package volume.According to UPS, the project will nearly double its current sorting capacity to 85,000 packages per hour and add additional sorting automation equipment. Lou Rivieccio, president of UPS Ohio Valley District, said: “We are excited to have construction underway. This project is a win for everyone involved. It will benefit our customers, generate jobs, and enhance economic development in Louisville and the surrounding region.“Centennial offers UPS customers the advantage of being at the centre of the world’s largest package delivery company. It is one of UPS’ most important facilities.”The project will be delivered in three phases and is expected to continue through 2020. It will create 300 full and part-time jobs in the region.
Balfour Beatty has won a $196M contract from Property Group Partners to build the North Block phase of its Capitol Crossing development in Washington, D.C.The North Block phase will involve the construction of two 12-storey, mixed-use office buildings to be connected by a glass bridge.It will include 6,500sq m of retail space in addition to 1,100 parking spaces and 440 bicycle spaces.Leon Blondin, president of Balfour Beatty’s Mid-Atlantic division, said: “We’re honored to be their construction partner in building this truly historic development in the downtown core that will reconnect long-divided Capitol Hill to the East End. “Having already managed the preconstruction, utility relocation and platform construction phases, it’s very gratifying to continue our work to take this project vertical and deliver its first two mixed-use buildings.” Work will first commence on the building located at 200 Massachusetts Avenue, followed by the second building at 250 Massachusetts Avenue. The project will create 350 construction jobs.The 204,000sq m Capitol Crossing development, expected to become the first Eco-District in the city, will comprise 5 mixed-use buildings sprawling over a seven-acre site.
The Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC) has broken ground on its new stadium in Los Angeles.The new facility, to be located on the Los Angeles Sports Arena former site, will be known as Banc of California Stadium, following a naming-rights deal with the bank.The 22,000-seat stadium — designed by architectural firm Gensler — will be a soccer-specific venue, but will also host community and cultural events. LAFC’s lead managing owner Larry Berg said: “After years of planning and hard work we are set to make history here in the heart of the city. Banc of California Stadium will allow for greater sports viewing and live entertainment experiences to take place in Los Angeles than ever before.”Expected to be complete in 2018, the stadium is projected to bring over $350M in private investment to South Los Angeles.Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said: “Los Angeles is the sports and entertainment capital of the world, and today we open a new chapter in our rich history with the world’s most popular game. “The construction of this new stadium in Exposition Park will create thousands of good-paying jobs — and when their new home is built, our team will bring soccer fans from everywhere into the heart of our city.”
French tyre manufacturer Michelin Group has started construction on its new €450M plant in central Mexico.The 142,000sq m plant — which represents the group's 69th worldwide and 21st in North America — will be located across 98ha in the Parque Industrial León-Bajio. The plant will have the capacity to produce 4-5M tyres annually. Michelin Group CEO Jean-Dominique Senard said: "Michelin's customers for passenger-vehicle tires are demanding more and more of our innovative, high-tech tyres to meet the performance requirements of the growing market in North America."This plant will improve our capacity to meet those demands, as a key element of Michelin's 'Service to the Customer' initiative in North America and worldwide."Construction work on the facility is anticipated to commence immediately, with completion currently scheduled for late 2018. The project is expected to create up to 1,000 jobs in the region.
A joint venture of Skanska and Closner Construction has secured a $206M contract from Duke LifePoint Healthcare to manage the construction of its new replacement hospital for the existing UP Health System-Marquette (pictured) in Michigan.The new 50,000sq m facility, designed by Gresham Smith & Partners, includes 243 beds, 14,000sq m of space for diagnostic and therapeutic services and 17,000sq m of patient care services.The project will include 1,400sq m of administrative support services, 4,000sq m of operational support services, a new central power plant, and mechanical, electrical and telecommunications areas.Additionally, it will feature a 9,000sq m adjoining medical office building, and a 16,000sq m parking lot. Construction work started in May 2016 and is scheduled for completion in October 2018.
Construction of the Wheeling Town Center mixed-use development in Illinois is set to start by the end of the year.
Pharmaceutical firm Fresenius Kabi will invest nearly $250m over 10 years to expand its Melrose Park site in Illinois.
Medical University of South Carolina has broken ground on the $385M Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Pearl Tourville Women’s Pavilion in South Carolina.The 10-storey project will include paediatric procedural-surgical capacities, including rooms for bronchoscopy, endoscopy, surgery and interventional radiology.The development will include a dedicated floor for the care of children with cancer and a comprehensive paediatric heart centre.It will also feature two obstetrical operating rooms, a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) with 82 private rooms, and an advanced fetal care centre.Medical University of South Carolina’s president David Cole said: “We awarded degrees to more students than ever before, and are on pace to bring in more than $250M in sponsored research funding.”The development is scheduled to open in 2019.
Extell Development Company has partnered with SMI USA to develop a $3bn residential and commercial project in midtown Manhattan.The 1,550ft-high Central Park Tower — to be located at 225 West 57th Street — is expected to be the tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere when completed.The project was designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture — which designed the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai — and is set to house fashion retailer Nordstrom’s first New York store.Gary Barnett, founder and CEO of Extell Development Company, said: “This strategic alliance with SMI brings together two international industry leaders with a track record of creating iconic global skyscrapers. SMI has developed the tallest building in Shanghai and we look forward to our partnership as we jointly develop the tallest building in New York City.“We believe the superb location, views, design and quality of Central Park Tower will make it the most important residential building ever to be built in New York City and expect it to be a great success for Extell and SMI.”The project is scheduled for completion in 2019.
US-based brokerage and banking company Charles Schwab is set to construct a new regional campus in Westlake, Texas.The new $100M campus will feature more than 47,000sq m of commercial office space.The complex will be part of a large mixed-use development project — developed in coordination with Hillwood Properties — with Schwab’s campus being developed on 70 acres of land. Schwab’s executive vice president Dennis Howard said: “We’re excited to have this opportunity to expand our presence in Texas, and we’ll be ramping up our recruiting efforts from among the great wealth of employee talent in and around Westlake.“Like Austin, where we already have approximately 1,500 employees, and El Paso where we are building our presence, the Dallas/Fort Worth area is an important location for Schwab to better serve our clients. We look forward to significantly expanding our footprint there over the coming years.”The company is expected to create more than 1,200 new jobs over the next 10 years at the proposed campus. Construction work is expected to commence in 2017.
Kraus-Anderson Construction Company has secured a contract to remodel and expand the high school and middle school for the Hudson School District in Hudson, Wisconsin.The scope of the contract will include the construction of a two-storey classroom and gymnasium at the middle school.Work will also involve additions and upgrades to the high school, including seating, lighting and sound upgrades, as well as a new athletic stadium.The project has been designed by Bray Architects and will entail an investment of $93.9M. Kraus-Anderson’s project manager Gary Zifko said: “The expansion will greatly enhance Hudson schools and become an even bigger asset for the community.”Construction work on the middle school is expected to commence in the end of 2016, and will be completed in June 2017. Work on the high school is slated to begin in April 2017, and be finished by mid-2019.“As we proceed to work on the Hudson schools — while students, teachers and staff are at work — it will continue to be our highest priority to put safety and security first, with as little disruption as possible,” Zifko added.Hudson Middle School serves nearly 1,300 students, while Hudson High School caters about 1,800 students.
Construction services firm EllisDon has secured a $70.9M contract from Seneca College and Infrastructure Ontario to design, build and finance Seneca College’s King Campus expansion.
FedEx subsidiary FedEx Ground has started construction on a $228M distribution centre in Northampton County in Pennsylvania.The company has acquired a 253-acre site in Allen Township, Northampton County and is now building a 74,000sq m distribution centre and related structures as part of a new Mid-Atlantic hub.Pennsylvania’s governor Tom Wolf said: “This project is a huge win for Pennsylvania. The FedEx Ground terminal will become the company’s largest warehouse and logistics hub among the 34 it operates nationwide.“The fact that FedEx chose Pennsylvania over two other states to expand, is a testament not only to the commonwealth’s business-friendly atmosphere, but also our strong local workforce.”The project will create 282 full-time jobs over the next three years and 398 permanent part-time jobs.Furthermore, the firm is anticipated to retain 1,652 existing employees across the state. The development is scheduled to open in 2018.
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler (HFF) has secured $156M in financing for the construction of a residential project in Jersey City, New Jersey.HFF has secured the construction loan on behalf of Ironstate Development and Panepinto Properties. The project, known as 90 Columbus, will include 539 housing units and is located at the corner of Marin Boulevard and Steuben Street in Jersey City’s Grove Street District.The 50-storey, Class A apartment tower will feature studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury residences averaging 73sq m each.The development will also include a swimming pool, grilling areas, indoor and outdoor children’s play areas, dog run, sport court, table tennis room, library and Wi-Fi lounges.The project is scheduled to be complete in 18 months.90 Columbus is part of a multi-phase development, which also includes the 400-unit building called 50 Columbus; the 50-storey, luxury residential tower 70 Columbus; the soon-to-be-completed, 152-room Marriott Residence Inn at 80 Columbus; and on-site shared parking.
Construction firm Skanska has been awarded a $178M contract to build a new women and children’s healthcare facility in Newark, Delaware.The eight-storey, 36,000 sq m building — awarded by Christiana Care Health System — will include a replacement to the neonatal intensive-care unit, and the expansion of the outpatient units, lab, pharmacy, and dietary clinical and logistical support services.Skanska was previously awarded a contract to expand the facility’s four-level parking garage for patients and visitors.Construction on the project is in progress and its completion is scheduled for January 2020.
McCarthy Building Companies has started construction work on a $535M hospital replacement project for Marin General Hospital in San Rafael, California.The project, known as MGH 2.0, will include a new 24,000sq m, four-storey hospital building.The facility, designed by Perkins Eastman Architects, will house 114 private rooms, an expanded emergency department and six new operating/procedural suites.The development will include special amenities and landscape features, such as rooftop gardens, balconies, and natural light in every patient room.Once the new hospital towers open in 2020, work will commence on a 9,000sq m five-storey ambulatory services building, and parking structure.The project team has just completed MGH 2.0’s first parking facility.The hospital will continue to operate during the construction period.
Holliday Fenoglio Fowler (HFF) has secured a $233.3M construction loan from the Bank of the Ozarks for the development of an office tower in Chicago, Illinois.HFF worked on behalf of the developer, The John Buck Company, to place the construction loan with the bank.The Class A+, 35-storey building — located at 151 North Franklin in Chicago’s West Loop — will be the new world headquarters of insurance firm CNA, as well as the new national headquarters of international law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson. Upon completion, the tower will feature 75,000sq m of rentable space and an attached parking garage, in addition to the 34 lower-level parking stalls. The building will also include a 390sq m rooftop terrace with bar, 929sq m of landscaped exterior courtyards, a fitness centre, 250-seat conference centre, restaurant, bike room and café.Designed by John Ronan Architects and Adamson Associates, the LEED Gold-certified building is currently under construction and will be completed in mid-2018.