WCOE Turning Point for 2/21

WCOE Developers Can Still Manage Risk in a Quickly
Changing Landscape

Construction to Start in June on $237 Million University Tower in California
Brenda K. Radmacher
Sharon Schroeder
Sharon Schroeder

By Brenda K. Radmacher and Shannon Schroeder

The changing social, technological, environmental and economic landscape has led to increased legal exposure for contractors and real estate developers in Southern California. However, developers can manage the risk and continue to build and develop successful projects with some foresight and careful planning.

Developments in technology have revolutionized the way people work and live. The availability of real-time information, resources and services has created an opportunity for contractors, developers and buyers to communicate more efficiently and effectively. A willingness to investigate and adopt technology and apps will make contractors and developers more successful in the tech-driven world.

One such development is building information management (BIM) technology. BIM is a process for creating electronic models that can be used for design and construction of a building. While this technology may be very useful, it presents novel legal questions including issues regarding ownership of created models, copyright, and accuracy in the finished model product. This rapidly-developing technology has not yet been considered by the courts and thus leads to uncertainty and caution is needed.

Contractors should consult with technology specialists in order to develop the most effective methods of communicating with the public for their business.

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Gilbane Building Company and Onondaga County Win National Award for Lakeview Amphitheater Project

GilbaneEngineering News-Record (ENR) has announced the winners of their national "Best of the Best Projects 2016" awards and Gilbane Building Company and Onondaga County was awarded the "Best of the Best Government/Public Building Project" for the Lakeview Amphitheater.

Last August, Gilbane Building Company and Onondaga County were awarded the "ENR New York's Best Projects 2016" for best Government/Public Project and for Excellence in Safety. From there, the Lakeview Amphitheater project was elevated to the national competition for evaluation. According to ENR, a brand new set of judges from across the country and from all walks of the industry examined each project in an effort to distinguish the best from the best in terms of teamwork, safety, overcoming challenges, innovation and quality.

County Executive Joanie Mahoney said, "The Lakeview Amphitheater has been a tremendous success. Over 200,000 people came to the amphitheater this past season to enjoy this world class facility on the shore of Onondaga Lake. Gilbane did an amazing job while meeting an aggressive timetable. Onondaga County is grateful for their partnership and honored to share this award with them."

Bill Gilbane III said, "We're so proud to share this honor with the county as it reflects the collaboration that occurred throughout the project's duration. This award is recognition of the county's leadership in maximizing public funds, promoting diversity and engaging with their community to deliver this innovative project to Onondaga County."

Los Angeles Lands Lucas Museum

George Lucas has selected Exposition Park in Los Angeles as the location for his new $1 billion Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

The museum promises to "tell a story through images" and will showcase Star Wars memorabilia and numerous other narrative artifacts from the filmmaker's roughly 40,000 piece personal collection.

Architect Ma Yansong and his Beijing-based MAD studio are designing the 275,000 sq. ft. building. The project is located near the University of Southern California, Lucas' alma mater. Project officials estimate the museum will create thousands of new construction jobs, as well as approximately one thousand permanent positions. Lucas, 72, says he will self-fund the project.

Gilbane Building Company Subcontractor Outreach Event All Interested Contractors Invited!

GilbaneWayne State University has partnered with Corvias Campus Living and Gilbane Building Company to construct a new apartment style residence hall on its main campus in Midtown Detroit. This project will be followed by renovations to other existing residence buildings. Join us to learn more about the subcontracting opportunities!

Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments Phases I and II
A new LEED Silver structure will be constructed and feature 840 apartment-style beds of studio, one, two, and four-bedroom options, each with a full kitchen. The facility will incorporate lounge areas, gathering spaces, business centers, a health center, and retail areas.

Historic Chatsworth Renovation Project
The project will include renovation of approximately 370 dormitory-style beds, and over 122,000 SF that will immediately follow the completion of Anthony Wayne Drive Apartments Phases I and II.

The project team will give a briefing on the many trade contract opportunities available. Information on Gilbane's contractor registration and prequalification process will be provided.
Gilbane is committed to partnering with qualified local, minority, women and veteran-owned subcontractors and vendors.

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Missouri's Bagnell Dam Set for Major Upgrade

Construction is scheduled to begin in March on a $52 million structural upgrade to Bagnett Dam at Ameren Missouri's 212-MW Osage Energy Center. The project is scheduled to last 18 months and will include the installation of 68 post-tensioned anchors. Crews then will add concrete between the highway piers to add weight to the dam. Additionally, crews will add a new concrete overlay and replace worn and cracked concrete on the eastern and western sections.

"Adding more than 66 million pounds of new concrete along with new anchors, pulls the dam down toward bedrock, which is what holds back the force and pressure of nearly 100 feet of water" according to Warren Witt, director of Ameren Missouri hydro operations. In the dam's last major structural upgrade, which took place in the early 1980s, contractors installed 277 post-tensioned anchors.

5,600 Tons of Soil Removed Daily for $2.1 Billion Massachusetts Casino Project

Work is underway at the site of the $2.1 billion Wynn casino project in Massachusetts, the largest single-phase development in the state's history. Soil is being removed by rail from the area at a rate of 5,600 tons a day to prepare the site for the planned 24-story casino.

Ford's $200 Million Aerodynamic-testing Facility Coming
to Michigan

Construction will begin this year in Allen Park, MI on Ford's $200 million facility for testing aerodynamics. Completion is slated for 2019.

Bell Labs Facility Being Redeveloped in New Jersey

Somerset Development is transforming the Bell Labs facility in Holmdel Township, N.J., into a mixed-use development of offices, restaurants, retail, health care and recreation space. The project will include a massive, photovoltaic glass skylight that will provide natural lighting and generate electricity.

Master Developer Sought for $500 Million Project in Ohio City

A $500 million mixed-use project is being planned in Columbus, Ohio, that could include office, retail, residential and restaurant space. The nonprofit Columbus Downtown Development Corp. has issued a request for qualifications for the project, and work could start in 2018.

Uncertainty Surrounds Nuclear Power Projects

Toshiba says it is expecting its US nuclear unit to take a $6.3 billion hit, and the company's financial situation could complicate reactor construction projects at the Plant Vogtle and Virgil C. Summer nuclear power plants. Georgia Power has said it is committed to finishing construction of the Plant Vogtle reactors on schedule.

Freeway Projects Moving Forward for NFL Stadium in Vegas

Uncertainty surrounds a potential NFL stadium in Las Vegas and a manufacturing plant for electric car maker Faraday Future, but Nevada officials are moving forward with freeway improvements to accommodate additional traffic. Environmental studies have already been started for some of the freeway projects.

Mariner East 2 Pipeline Receives Approval to Begin Construction

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection on Monday approved Sunoco Logistics Partners' water crossing and erosion permits for its $2.5 billion Mariner East 2 pipeline. The pipeline, which will carry natural gas liquids from Ohio and the Marcellus and Utica shale fields to a terminal in Pennsylvania, will have a capacity of 275,000 barrels per day and is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2017.

Bertha Moves Closer to Finishing Tunneling Work in Seattle

Tunnel-borer Bertha is churning away under the streets of the Seattle area, and so far its work is about 83% complete. The machine could reach daylight in May.

Construction Proceeds on California High-speed Rail Despite Uncertain Future

CHSRWork is progressing to connect Los Angeles and San Francisco via high-speed rail even as political debates continue about whether to support or kill the project. Construction started on the first 119-mile section of the rail two years ago, but California Republicans have pressed the Department of Transportation to freeze federal grant money until an audit can be conducted.

$1 Billion Children's Hospital Planned in Atlanta Area

A children's hospital that would cost at least $1 billion has been proposed by Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. The new hospital could take six to eight years to build, and the bed capacity of the new facility has yet to be determined.

Construction Finished at $494 Million Hospital in North Dakota

Mortenson Construction has completed work on an 11-story hospital in North Dakota. The $494 million project took five years to build and required the efforts of 42,000 workers.

Construction Could Start on $100 Million Apartment Tower in 2017

Construction of a $100 million apartment tower in New Orleans is expected to start during the second half of 2017. The 29-story tower is part of the South Market District mixed-use development.

$626 Million Bridge Project Could Be Finished in August

A joint venture between Lunda Construction and Ames Construction is building the $626 million St. Croix Crossing between Wisconsin and Minnesota, and crews have made enough progress during the winter that it could open in August. Construction started in 2013, but the original fall 2016 completion date was pushed back due to various problems and shortages.

Border Wall Estimated to Cost up to $21.6 Billion

Building President Donald Trump's planned border wall between Mexico and the US could cost $21.6 billion, according to an internal report from the Department of Homeland Security. The cost estimate was based on a plan that involves building a series of fences and walls in three phases of construction.

Construction to Start in June on $237 Million University Tower
in California

A planned $237 million academic tower for the University of California at San Francisco has gotten the green light from the board of regents. Webcor will be the general contractor and construction is expected to start in June.

Contract Awarded for $139 Million Highway Project in Utah

The Utah Department of Transportation has selected a joint venture of Ralph L. Wadsworth Construction and W.W. Clyde & Co. for a $139 million highway project. The design and construction of four interchanges in Salt Lake City is expected to be completed in 2018.

$1.2 Billion Contract Awarded for Toll Express Lane Project
in California

OC405 Partners has been awarded a $1.2 billion contract for the I-405 Improvement Project by the Orange County Transportation Authority in California. Tax revenue and tolls will fund the project, which will include improvement to 16 miles of Interstate 405, including 14 miles of tolled express lanes.

Developers Look to Build Mixed-use Project in Texas City

Developers are competing for the opportunity to work on a mixed-use project in McKinney, Texas. The city sent out a request for proposals for the project, known as Gateway, and hopes to select a company this year.

Developer Seeks Land for Soccer Stadium Project in Detroit

Rock Ventures wants to build a $1 billion mixed-use project in Detroit, including a Major League Soccer stadium, on the site of an unfinished jail. The company has submitted a proposal to build a new, $420 million criminal justice complex at another location.

Tesla Acquires New Building Permits for Nevada Gigafactory

Tesla has acquired new building permits and modified others for its Gigafactory project in Nevada. The new construction pushes the total cost of the project over $1 billion.

Foundation Being Placed at 58-story NYC Tower

The first foundation placement took place recently at the 58-story One Vanderbilt project in New York City. Completion is expected in 2020 for the tower, which will reach 1,401 feet and contain retail and office space.

Construction to Start Soon on 38-story Seattle Office Tower

Skanska USA plans to start construction on a 38-story office tower in Seattle this month. The project will also include retail space, and work is expected to be finished in 2019.


In the February 7, 2017 issue of Turning Point, the pictures of the two women appointed to the California High-speed Raid may have been incorrectly identified.
The women are:

Lee Cunningham
Lee Cunningham
Rebecca Llewellyn
Rebecca Llewellyn

WCOE Coming Events

WCOE CA Chapter Events
There will be a board meeting on March 16, 2017.

Associated Builders & Contractors

3/16/2017 1:00PM ET Construction Accounting Overview
4/4/2017 2:00PM ET Learn to Be Lean: Best Practices for your Business
4/13/2017 4:00PM ET Manage the Job With Your Accounting Software: Project Management, POs, Document Imaging & Mobile

American Subcontractors Association

3/1/2017   OSHA Silica Rule: Applications for Subcontractors
3/15/2017   SUBExcel 2017
4/11/2017   Webinar: Incentive Compensation Plan Best Practices
5/9/2017   Webinar: Prompt Payment and How/When to Suspend Work
5/23/2017   Webinar: Technology and Transparency
6/13/2017   Webinar: Killer Contract Clauses

California High Speed Rail

2/28/2017   Free Small Business Certification Workshop in Bakersfield


3/16/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
4/19/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
5/10/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
6/14/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
7/12/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
8/16/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
9/13/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
10/11/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
11/15/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
12/13/2017 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform

New York Build 2017 Women in Construction Networking Session
Wednesday, March 15 from 3:15pm to 5:00pm in the Jarvis Center VIP lounge

The session will open with a Panel Discussion on Improving access for Minority and women-led construction companies featuring:

NAWIC | Ingrid Sletten, President, Greater New York and Long Island Chapter
NAWIC | Doreen Bartoldus, Northeast Regional Director
Professional Women in Construction | Chelsea LeMar, Executive Director
Gilbane | Olivia Rousso, Project Manager, One Wall Street
Nontraditional Employment for Women (NEW) | Kathleen Culhane, President

Your ticket will allow you access to both days of the exhibition, 2 days of AIA CES training workshops, networking sessions, conference presentations and panel discussions. The expo will host several summits specializing in different areas of construction including: Digital Construction, Design & BIM, Sustainability, Health & Safety, Infrastructure, Architecture, Government Policy, and Real Estate as well as an Architect's Hub Networking Area.

Register for your Free Tickets

California High-Speed Rail Authority
Free Small Business Certification Workshop
The California High-Speed Rail Authority and its resource partners are hosting a Small Business Enterprise certification workshop at no cost to small businesses. The workshop will provide hands-on technical assistance for on-the-spot online certification from the California Department of General Services. Information on Federal 8(a) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise certifications will also be provided.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
8:30 am–12:00 pm
Kern County Builder's Exchange
1121 Baker St.
Bakersfield, CA 93305

Please RSVP: Space is limited. Include event date, your full name, business name, address and contractor number and RSVP to Small Business Associate, Meilani Sabadlab@hsr.ca.gov or 916-414-2578.

2017 HUBZone Small Business Summits
Each Summit features educational sessions and match-making opportunities with agencies & primes.
Choose one or both!

April 26 – Philadelphia, PA
Hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency

July 27 – Columbus, OH
Hosted by the Battelle


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