WCOE Turning Point for 5/3/2016

WCOE WCOE Welcomes Balfour Beatty as a Corporate Alliance Partner

Balfour BeattyAn industry leader for more than 80 years, Balfour Beatty Construction US provides general contracting, at-risk construction management, and design-build services for a wide variety of markets, serving clients in both the public and private sectors. The company is the U.S. subsidiary of London-based Balfour Beatty plc (LSE: BBY), a leading international infrastructure group that finances, develops, builds and maintains complex building programs focused on social and commercial buildings, power and utility systems, and transportation. Consistently ranked among the nation's largest building contractors, Balfour Beatty Construction Services US has been cited as a Top 10 Domestic Building Contractor and Top 10 Green Builder by Engineering News-Record. Balfour Beatty Construction is proud to support women-owned businesses and WCOE.

WCOE Congratulations Brenda Radmacher!

Brenda RadmacherWCOE congratulates Brenda Radmacher, Partner at Wood, Smith, Henning & Berman LLP in Glendale CA and WCOE CA Chapter President, on being named the 2016 Outside Counsel of the Year. This is a prestigious award given each year to one lawyer nationally by CLM at its annual conference.

Brenda was one of only three lawyers nominated nationwide, which alone is a huge honor given the fact that CLM is one of the largest organizations of defense lawyers in the nation.

CLM Professionals of the Year Award nominees are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated a passion for the industry and a willingness to work hard for the greater claims or litigation management community.
  • Developed a transformative or innovative process.
  • Contributed to the success of their company or client through strong claims or litigation management practices.
  • Active within the greater claims or litigation management community (involved in organizations outside their own company or firm).
  • Exemplifies CLM's mission statement—looks to further the discipline through collaboration, education, communication, inclusion, dedication and the identification and development of professionals with expertise in litigation management.

Ceremony Held for Start of $1B Lakeside Development

A groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of construction at a $1 billion mixed-use development outside Dallas on a peninsula on a lake. The project includes an 8-acre, man-made lagoon as well as retail, office and entertainment space; a resort; marina; two condo towers and single-family homes. The project is planned in two phases and should be completed in 2018.

CoastalTishman at Work on Miami Worldcenter Tower

CoastalTishman, a joint venture between Coastal Construction and Tishman Construction, is building the signature residential tower at the $2 billion Miami Worldcenter, one of the US' largest private developments, covering several city blocks. When completed, the development will have 2,000 residential units, a hotel, restaurants and retail space.

$1.3B Mixed-use Project Planned in Reno, NV

The Don J. Clark Group wants to build a $1.281 billion mixed-use project in Reno, Nevada. The West 2nd District project will have a hotel along with residential and office space. The developer will unveil plans today and says it will take on the cost of infrastructure improvements if the city can reimburse it from future tax revenue. No timeline has been given on the start of construction.

$1B Paper Mill Planned in AR

Sun Paper, a Chinese company, plans to build a $1 billion paper mill in Arkansas. The project will create 2,000 construction jobs, with construction starting in 2017 and finishing about 30 months later.

Construction Starts at $1.2B Power Plant in PA

Construction has started at Invenergy's $1.2 billion natural gas-fired power plant in Pennsylvania. The Lackawanna Energy Center project will employ 800 construction workers but faced some initial opposition from the local community. Construction should be completed in 2018.

Pre-construction Activity Begins on 36-year P3 Purple Line Project

Purple Line Transit Partners has begun pre-construction work at the $5.6 billion Purple Line in Maryland. The consortium signed a contract with the state to design, build and operate the line for 36 years. Workers are doing initial boring and survey work. Full construction work is expected to start once a $900 million contract signed, perhaps in July, between the state of Maryland and the Federal Transit Administration. The line should be completed in 2022.

4th Casino Planned in MA

Rush Street Gaming is seeking a gaming license in Massachusetts. The company wants to build a $677 million casino and resort that would include a hotel, restaurants, entertainment venues and gambling areas and employ 2,000 construction workers. A tribal casino and two nontribal ones are already under construction in the state.

Deal Finalized for P3 Civic Center Project in CA

A consortium among Edgemoor Infrastructure & Real Estate; Johnson Controls; Clark Construction; and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has reached a public-private partnership deal with Long Beach, Calif., for the construction of a new civic center. The $513 million project will include a new city hall, port headquarters, library and city plaza.

Construction Starts on $300M D.C. Soccer Stadium

A ceremony was held as demolition began at the site of a $300 million stadium for the National Soccer League's DC United in Washington, D.C. An official groundbreaking will take place later this year. The 20,000-seat stadium should be completed in 2018.

$1B Health Campus Planned in Indianapolis

Indiana University Health in Indianapolis is planning a $1 billion project that will consolidate its locations. The project includes construction of an ambulatory care facility, an office building and an acute bed tower. Construction should start in 2017 and finish in 2022.

Seattle Starts Construction on $3.7B Light-rail Extension

Construction has begun on a 14-mile light-rail extension in Seattle. The $3.7 billion East Link project will include the construction of 10 stations, a tunnel and a pedestrian bridge. Guy F. Atkinson Construction will build the tunnel, and general contractor/construction manager partners Kiewit and Hoffman Construction will install track and build two stations. A $1.3 billion federal Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan is partially funding the project.

Viaduct Set to Close as Bertha Begins Drilling Underneath

Officials will close the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle for two weeks so tunnel-borer Bertha can drill under it for 385 feet. The machine will drill slowly so the contractor, Seattle Tunnel Partners, can observe any ground movement. Two sinkholes already occurred at the project, causing some concern. As Bertha bores, it will also install 59 concrete rings to line the tunnel.

Gulfport, MS, will Redevelop Landmark Shopping Center

The Mississippi City Shopping Center in Gulfport, Mississippi, will see redevelopment including an upgrade from the original one-story building to an Ernest Hemingway-inspired, two-story building spanning 5 acres. The plans include restaurants, a hotel, retail and office space, and top-floor apartments.

WCOE Coming Events

WCOE and Balfour Beatty Host Networking Event

WCOE CA Chapter and Balfour Beatty will host a networking event on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Culver City Courtyard Marriott, 6333 Bristol Parkway, Culver City, CA. Speaker for the event will be Lee Cunningham, CEO of BT Metals and WCOE Board Member, She will talk about "How to Work a Room." Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

Chicago Caucus Meeting

Thursday, May 12th, 11 am–1:30 pm at Quartino’s, 626 State Street

Baltimore City Vendor Development Seminar Series for Small, Minority and Women Business Enterprises

Date: Through May 9, 2016, 6:00 to 8:00 pm

Small Business Resource Center

1101 E 33rd St., Baltimore, MD 21218

Baltimore City is open for business and encourages small, minority and women-owned businesses to bid on open contract opportunities. This seminar series is designed to provide participants with pertinent, helpful information to better position them to successfully compete for contracts. Seminars are held on Monday evenings, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as shown below.

  • May 9 – Resources/Baltimore SourceLink

There is a registration fee of $25 per workshop. Sign up for all six workshops for the price of five. Seating is limited; workshops will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now!

10th Annual SFPUC Construction Contractors Breakfast

Friday, May 8, 2016–7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. PDT

War Memorial Opera House, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA

WBENC is proud to offer its Executive Development Program the 2016 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program, brought to you by IBM on September 25–30, in Palisades, NY.

We are now accepting applications! Don't miss this opportunity to be a part of the Class of 2016 by attending the Tuck-WBENC Executive Program. Join the over 550 WBEs who have participated in this 5-day executive development program specifically designed to make a substantial impact on how you think about and operate your business. WBEs will focus on increasing their competitive advantage in the way of leadership, financial and marketing analysis and form an invaluable network of WBEs that will continue to provide a source of support, expertise and opportunities even after graduation.

2016 Tuck-WBENC Executive Program

When: September 25–30, 2016

What: An intensive, advanced 5-day program

Where: Palisades, NY

Program fee: $3,750.00

Application Deadline: Monday, May 2, 2016

Associated Builders & Contractors

5/25/2016 3:00PM ET 5/25/2016 1:00PM ET 5/25/2016 3:00PM ET Calculating Fall Clearance with Different Fall Arrest Systems

American Subcontractors Association

5/10/2016   2016 May Webinar: Websites, Email, Social Media and Your Domain Name
5/18/2016   Meet the GCs
6/2–4/2016   ASA Board of Directors, Executive Committee and

Rap Council Meetings
6/14/2016   2016 June Webinar: Damages For Lost Labor Productivity

California High Speed Rail

5/2016   San Jose to Merced Project Section Open House Meetings


5/18/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
6/15/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
7/13/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
8/10/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
9/14/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform
10/12/2016 2:00–3:00PM ET Online Tour of the ConsensusDocs Cloud-Based Platform

WCOE Chicago Caucus Meetings

We have scheduled dinner meetings for the following dates in 2016:

  • May 12
  • August 11
  • November 10

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