WCOE Turning Point for 6/7/2016

WCOE Caryn Boisen Elected to TCDIP

Caryn Boisen, Esq.Caryn Boisen, Esq., Partner at Larson King and WCOE National Board President, has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of Twin Cities Diversity in Practice (TCDIP). TCDIP is a nonprofit association comprised of leading Twin Cities legal employers with a mission to attract, recruit, advance, and retain attorneys of color in the Twin Cities area. Caryn, a partner with Larson King, focuses her practice in the areas of construction, products liability, commercial litigation, and business litigation. In addition to her successful election to the Board of Directors, she was also recently appointed to serve as Chair of TCDIP's Membership Committee.

WCOE Harry McMurtry Walks 500 Miles for Parkinson's Disease

Harry McMurtryHarry McMurtry, longtime WCOE supporter and husband of Deborah Bradley, a New York City contractor and WCOE Board Member, kicked off his 500 mile walk for Parkinson's Disease in New York City on May 7th and will complete his journey with a wrap gala in Toronto on June 22nd at Steam Whistle Roadhouse.

Harry was diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson's Disease in 2009. Even though he has trouble walking, he is determined to get to Canada. The goal of the walk is to raise money and awareness about the disease. "I want to help other people with Parkinson's more than anything," Harry says.

WCOE WCOE CA Chapter Participates in CA Small Business Day

The California Chapter of WCOE recently participated in California's Annual Salute to Small Business Celebration in Sacramento on May 25, 2016. Legislators selected a small business from each district that was honored at the luncheon. The event also featured the leadership of the California Legislature including Speaker Anthony Rendon, President pro Tem Kevin de Leon, Senate Minority Leader Jean Fuller and Assembly Minority Leader Chad Mayes.

20-tower Project Underway on 60 Acres in Land-constrained Hawaii

Howard Hughes Corp. will redevelop 60 acres on Oahu between Waikiki and Honolulu's city center. The mixed-use project could include 20 towers with an estimated 5,000 condominium units, along with public park space. Three towers are already under construction in what is called one of the island's "biggest urban expansions since the 1990s."

Committee Votes to Move Forward with $6B Tampa Bay

Express Revamp

Nearly 50 miles of Interstate 275 in Tampa, Florida, could be made over, including rebuilding interchanges and adding express toll lanes. The policy committee of the Hillsborough Metropolitan Planning Organization gave initial approval to the $6 billion Tampa Bay Express project, which will go to a full board vote later this month.

$1B Texas Rangers Stadium Gets City Council Approval

Officials in Arlington, Texas, have given the green light for a $1 billion, retractable-roof stadium for the Texas Rangers. Residents will vote in November on whether they want to spend $500 million for the city's share of construction costs.

$300M Office Project at Legacy West Now Underway

Construction is underway on a 1.4 million-square-foot, $300 million office complex at the $3 billion Legacy West project in Plano, Texas. General contractor Beck Group will build the JPMorgan Chase campus in phases, with three buildings and parking constructed first.

Developer Plans $1B, 160-acre Development in Charleston, SC

North American Properties will develop a 160-acre tract of Laurel Island in Charleston, S.C. The Lorelei project could cost upward of $1 billion and will include retail, residential, office and dining space and a hotel.

Kinder Morgan Ends Quest to Build Northeast Energy

Direct Pipeline

Kinder Morgan has abandoned its planned Northeast Energy Direct pipeline, formally withdrawing its federal application for the project. The 420-mile line was intended to carry natural gas from the Marcellus Shale in Pennsylvania to New England. The company said it failed to get enough firm capacity contracts for the line.

CT's Steelpointe Harbor Waterfront Development

Reaching Milestone

The $750 million Steelpointe Harbor project in Bridgeport, Connecticut, is nearing a milestone as workers come close to completing the 1,600-foot harbor-front bulkhead, making way for more of the mixed-use waterfront development. Phase 2 will include a pedestrian promenade, harbormaster's building, new marina, retail, a hotel and movie theater.

New County Offices Slated for Will County, IL

Leopardo Cos. will handle pre-construction work on a new sheriff's office, health department, courthouse and more in Illinois' Will County, after officials approved $275 million in funding for its largest-ever building project. The sheriff's office and a dispatch center are due to be completed by 2018, with courthouse construction to follow. The health department structure could break ground in 2022.

Houston to Complete 3.3M Square Feet of Retail in 2016

A report by Marcus & Millichap projects that Houston will be No. 1 in retail construction for 2016 as it develops 3.3 million square feet of space. The city added 3.9 million square feet in 2015. Houston's projected retail vacancy will remain at 5.5%, the report indicated.

$3B Mixed-use Project in FL to Become Even Bigger

Lake Nona, an 8,000-acre master-planned community near the airport in Orlando, Florida, will soon get a 3.8 million-square-foot commercial district with dining, entertainment, retail and office space, plus hotels. The developer has already spent more than $3 billion to construct commercial space and residential units.

NV Regulator Gives Thumbs up to $4B Resorts World Las Vegas

The Nevada Gaming Commission gave multiple regulatory approvals to Malaysia-based Genting to develop the $4 billion Resorts World Las Vegas casino complex. Construction is expected to start by year's end, with completion due in 2019. The project could create 5,000 construction jobs.

$1B Dulles World Center Project Gets New Name, Ownership

Dulles World Center, a proposed $1 billion development near Dulles International Airport in Virginia, may finally get underway, thanks to new owner DWC Holdings. The project has been renamed The Hub because of its central location to both train stations and airports, and it will include office and retail space, multifamily units, a hotel and federal campus.

Construction Begins on New Phase of Baltimore

Crossroads Project

Baltimore Crossroads is a mixed-use, master-planned community in White Marsh, MD. Construction has started on a $750 million portion of the project called Greenleigh at Crossroads, which will have a mix of homes, apartments, office buildings, retail space and a hotel. "The integrated design of Greenleigh at Crossroads reflects and responds to the new urbanism trend that is sweeping the country, while also complementing the existing product mix that exists at Baltimore Crossroads," said Edward St. John, chairman of St. John Properties, part of the development team.

Fluor Building $1.8B Pharma Plant

Fluor is building the $1.8 billion Norvo Nordisk insulin manufacturing plant in North Carolina. Construction is expected to take four years for three manufacturing buildings with a total of 900,000 square feet. "The peak construction will be in 2018, when we'll have upwards of 3,000 workers on site," said Fluor's Bailey Forrest.

Groundbreaking Set for $1B Electric Car Plant

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Wednesday for the $1 billion Faraday Future manufacturing plant in Nevada. The 900-acre site will produce the latest electric car. Last year the company reached a partnership agreement with the state.

San Francisco to Borrow Money to Complete $2.3B Transit Hub

San Francisco plans to borrow $260 million to finish construction of the first stage of a $2.3 billion transit hub. The Transbay Transit Center has experienced increased construction costs of $700 million. The hub will connect 11 transit systems throughout the Bay Area

Construction to Begin on $1B Luxury Resort in Texas

Miami-based Crystal Lagoons plans to start work on a $1 billion luxury resort near Dallas. The project will contain a giant lagoon with the state's largest fountain. The resort is part of a larger, mixed-use development planned by Bayside Land Partners

Massive Tunnels Planned for California High-Speed Rail

CHSREngineers for the $68 billion California High-Speed Rail project have decided against running the line around the mountains outside Los Angeles and instead plan to bore massive tunnels through the mountains, some up to 14 miles. Three different plans have been developed for the tunnels. Members of the rail authority will review the plans, although the money has not been allocated to complete the project.

WCOE Coming Events

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

6/7/2016 11:00AM ET Construction Contractors: How to Use Retirement Plans for Compliance on PW Jobs
6/8/2016 3:00PM ET Ten Strategies for Contractor Success
6/9/2016 2:00PM ET 2016: The Year of Marijuana. Medical Marijuana Today: Federal/State Laws

American Subcontractors Association

6/14/2016   2016 June Webinar: Damages For Lost Labor Productivity
10/21–22//2016   2016 ASA Legal & Advocacy Meetings Kansas City, MO

California High Speed Rail

6/15/2016   Open House Meeting Notice: CP 2-3 Fresno to Tulare County
6/22/2016   Oildale Community Meeting of Locally Generated Alignment
6/2016   Public Scoping Meeting Notice for the San Francisco to San Jose Project Section


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
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WCOE Chicago Caucus Meetings

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

  • August 11
  • November 10

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