Haskell Breaks Ground
on Warfare Research Facility
The Haskell Co. of Jacksonville recently broke ground on
the new Littoral Warfare Research Facility in Panama City,
Fla. The contractor is serving as design-builder for the project,
which is located on the waterfront at the Naval Surface Warfare
Center. The facility is comprised of laboratories, classrooms
and offices supporting robotic technology and research.
The facility will support testing, demonstrating and integrating
unmanned systems technology used to accomplish complex warfare
tasks with multiple cooperating robots.
The 38,000-sq.-ft., three-story facility will be designed
and built to meet the Department of Defense's progressive
collapse standards that require a fortified building.
Nonbuilding Category Leads
August Contract Activity
The overall value of contracts for future construction in
Florida climbed again in August, with a strong surge in the
nonbuilding category leading the way, McGraw-Hill Construction
reported. Also, residential kept its positive pace over the
year-ago period of August 2003, while the nonresidential sector
In August, the value of residential contracts improved by
a relatively modest 5 percent compared to August 2003. The
most recent month's report indicated an estimated $3.2 billion
for this sector, compared to the roughly $3 billion of a year
ago. Nonbuilding construction soared by 55 percent, to end
at about $530.5 million, up from last August's $341.4 million
figure. Nonresidential declined by 22 percent from August
2003's $978.1 million figure, however, to total nearly $765.2
For the first eight months of 2004, overall activity has
increased by 18 percent, from the cumulative $32.7 billion
reported in this period in 2003 to 2004's $38.6 billion cumulative
total. Residential remains the main reason for the overall
growth, up 28 percent so far in 2004, with roughly $27.1 billion
in activity reported. With its August growth, the nonbuilding
sector turned positive for the year. This category is now
1 percent ahead of the same period of 2003, with a nearly
$4.4 billion total. Nonresidential is 2 percent behind for
the year, with an estimated $7.1 billion in contracts reported
ACI Building Daytona Condo
The Daytona Beach office of ACI is providing general contracting
services to build St. Maartens, a $31 million, oceanfront
condominium in Daytona Beach Shores. The 12-story, 129-unit
tower is scheduled for completion in September.
The building will include an indoor and outdoor pool, spa,
fitness center and structured parking under the building.
Larry W. Robinson Architect of Daytona Beach designed the
Construction Starts on Manatee County Elementary
Centex-Rooney Construction Co. recently started work on Elementary
School "J" in Manatee County, a facility designed
by Harvard Jolly Architects, Orlando.
The two-story, 113,000-sq.-ft. elementary school will have
845 student stations and will be completed by August. The
school features numerous CPTED (Crime Prevention Through Environmental
Design) design strategies.
Turner Picked for Gables Marquis Condo
EB Developers hired Turner Construction Co. of Miami as general
contractor for its Gables Marquis condominium project. The
20-story, 177-unit tower, located near Brickell Avenue in
Miami, was scheduled to start construction this fall.
The residences include a collection of penthouses and three-story
townhomes. Amenities include a palazzo pool and spa pavilion,
11,000 sq. ft. of ground-level retail and a fitness center.
Tilt-Con Receives Contract for Bay Meadows
Skanska USA Building has signed tilt-up concrete contractor
Tilt-Con of Altamonte Springs to assist in building the new
Bay Meadows Elementary school for Orange County Public Schools.
Construction of the 78,000-sq.-ft. school began in mid-September,
with completion targeted for September 2005. The project was
designed by SchenkelShultz Architecture.
Site Work Starts for $200 Million Weston
WestCity Partners, developer of Weston Commons, announced
site work has commenced on the 40 acres of land comprising
phases two through four of its $200 million retail, commercial
and residential development in Weston.
Phase one is a 130,000-sq.-ft. shopping center anchored by
Publix. Phase two will be an additional 40,000-sq.-ft. retail
plaza. A third phase, The Palace at Weston Commons, will be
a luxury 386-unit, age 55-plus residential community developed
by Palace Management Group of Miami. Phase four, The Residences
at Weston Commons, is a proposed, 300-unit, age 55-plus residential
Nichols, Brosch, Sandoval Designing Regent
Bonita Springs, Fla.-based developer WCI Communities recently
selected Nichols, Brosch, Sandoval & Associates to design
The Regent Bal Harbour, a 12-story hotel/condominium that
will intersect the 26-story One Bal Harbour residential tower,
currently under construction. The South Florida architectural
firm was named architect of record for One Bal Harbour when
the project was in its earlier stages.
The Regent Bal Harbour is the first new hotel to be built
in Bal Harbour in nearly 50 years, and will provide amenities
and services by Regent International Hotels. The hotel and
residential components will be separated from one another,
but residential owners will have access to the same five-star-quality
services as hotel guests.
Planned amenities include an oceanfront restaurant; a 10,000-sq.-ft.,
oceanfront spa; conference facilities including a ballroom,
meeting rooms and an executive boardroom; and a separate hotel
Parsons Brinckerhoff Designing I-75 Improvements
The Florida Department of Transportation has awarded a contract
to Parsons Brinckerhoff to design improvements for a segment
of Interstate 75 in Tampa.
The project entails widening of a 6-mi. section of I-75 from
south of Fowler Avenue to north of Bruce B. Downs. This segment
contains three major interchanges and provides a commuter
connection to major residential and commercial areas around
Tampa. The existing roadway is four lanes in each direction
with the occasional auxiliary lane. The firm will provide
design plans for one additional lane in each direction with
some minor cross street improvements, as well as the reconstruction
of two large bridges and widening of 12 additional bridges.
Construction of the $50 million project is currently scheduled
to begin in 2008 with completion slated for 2010.
Fullerton Diaz Designing One Village Place
Roger Development Group has chosen Miami-based Fullerton
Diaz Architects to design One Village Place, a new condominium
and retail development adjacent to The Village of Merrick
Park. The 10-story tower will feature a combination of condominiums,
two- and three-story lofts and penthouses. The development
will also feature 28,000 sq. ft. of high-end retail shops.
Kaufman Lynn Building Two Auto Dealer Projects
Boca Raton-based Kaufman Lynn General Contractors recently
announced two new construction contracts with Broward County
automotive dealerships. Holman Enterprises has awarded the
contractor a $4.8 million contract to build a 45,000-sq.-ft.
Lincoln-Mercury dealership in Pembroke Pines. A nine-month
construction schedule is planned.
Kaufman Lynn has also been awarded a $1.7 million assignment
to construct a 15,000-sq.-ft. addition to the Pines BMW Service
Center. Lauderdale Imports is the project owner. The project,
which will entail the addition of 20 new service bays plus
an additional parking deck, has a five-month construction
Christiano Construction Building Brightwater
Christiano Construction of Clearwater is serving as the construction
manager for the new four-story Brightwater Pointe condominium
in Clearwater Beach. Construction costs for the 70,000-sq.-ft.
building are estimated at approximately $7.3 million.