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Cover Story - June 2008

Top 50 Texas Projects

High-rise projects dominate this year’s top projects, while health-care and K-12 remain highly visible on the list, an annual feature highlighting projects that broke ground in the previous year.

By Sheila Bacon, Debra Wood and Eileen Schwartz

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  • The 50 projects listed in Texas Construction’s annual Top Projects ranking represent nearly $5 billion in construction costs. The 40 public/private buildings listed total nearly $4 billion, while the top 10 ten transportation projects total slightly more than $1 billion. The projects are verified to have broken ground in 2007.

    The list boasts 11 projects worth $100 million or more. This year, the No. 1 project by revenue is the $360 million Baylor College of Medicine Clinic and Hospital expansion in Houston. The Linbeck Group of Houston has the contract.

    High-rise living dominates the list, with nine such projects. Of those, Dallas-based Balfour Beatty had the largest, a $150 million project in downtown Austin, the Austonian, designed by Zeigler Cooper of Houston. Seven health care and seven K-12 projects populate the list. The K-12 projects range in cost from $60 to $96 million. Four of the seven health-care projects are listed among the top 10.

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    Striving to keep up with growing population and dwindling funding, the Texas Department of Transportation continues making highway improvements across the state. TxDOT’s top 100 projects currently under way represent more than $7 billion investment in improving the state’s road system. The total value of the top 10 we list is approximately $1.08 billion. Five of the projects are in the Houston District. Williams Brothers Construction Co. of Houston holds three of the top contracts.

    Last year’s top transportation project was a $153.5 million contract. This year, the top start from 2007 is a $268 million project in El Paso under way by C.F. Jordan.

    Because the magazine’s list is dependent in large part on information provided by project team members and owners, some projects that meet the list criteria do not appear here.

     

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