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Building News - December 2007

Health Care Construction Projects Top $200 Million

While health-care facilities lead the list, projects statewide range from mixed-use and multi-family residential to school, jail, industrial and sports projects. Also, Museum Place kicks off in Fort Worth.

Fort Worth’s Museum Place Construction Starts

Construction started on Museum Place Development Group’s 11-acre mixed-use development in Fort Worth’s Cultural District.

Fort Worth’s Museum Place Construction Starts
From left to right: Museum Place Development Group Co-developer Tony Landrum; Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief; Fort Worth City Councilman Carter Burdette, Fort Worth City Councilwoman Wendy Davis; and Museum Place Development Group president and co-developer Richard Garvey.

Museum Place will include more than 200,000 sq ft of specialty retail and dining space as well as more than 130,000-sq-ft Class A office space in two buildings immediately adjacent to the major intersection of 7th Street, Camp Bowie and University. Both buildings offer ground-floor retail/restaurant space and an eight-story building includes three floors of condos above the office space. Both buildings are served by a structured parking garage. These buildings will be ready for occupancy in summer. More than 40 residences will also be available. MPDG is also partnering with Champ Hospitality to build a 140-room aloft hotel.

Museum Place Development Group Ltd., developer of the project, is an affiliate of JaGee Holdings LLP, a Fort Worth company that owns and manages more than 1 million sq ft of retail and industrial real estate and TLCurban, a Fort Worth-based development company, developer of The Tower and Chase buildings, both in Fort Worth.


Gilbane Selected to Build New Tarrant County Jail

Gilbane Building Co.’s Dallas/Fort Worth office was selected by Tarrant County to be the construction manager-at-risk for their new jail facilities project.

The project consists of a maximum security jail with more than 400 beds including male and female, single, separation and medical beds, new kitchen facilities and other related jail space improvements. The new jail will be located in downtown Fort Worth. The project programming has just begun on this $90 million facility with the design phase estimated to be 15 months. Construction start is anticipated in the late fourth quarter of 2008.


Cadence McShane Completes Middle School Expansion

Dallas-based Cadence McShane Corp. completed the new two-story, 16,000-sq-ft addition and renovation assignment at the Trophy Club’s Medlin Middle School for Northwest Independent School District.

In 2001, Cadence McShane completed an 80,765-sq-ft expansion to the school that included additional classrooms, science and art labs and an expansion to the school’s gymnasium, cafetorium and outdoor sports areas. The second expansion, recently completed by Cadence McShane, added a new two-story classroom wing and exterior courtyard that provides eight additional classrooms and two science labs. A centrally located courtyard situated just outside of the new classroom wing was also constructed.

Cadence McShane additionally completed renovations and upgrades to the school’s life/safety systems and increased the facility’s operating efficiency to reduce costs and enhance energy usage. Working together with project architect, Corgan Associates Inc., Cadence McShane completed the expansion assignment within budget and on time for the commencement of the 2007-2008 school year.


Jamail & Smith Starts Construction on 30-Acre Mueller Lake Park

Jamail & Smith Construction of Houston began construction on the 30-acre Mueller Lake Park, located in the heart of the Mueller redevelopment project at the Robert Mueller Municipal Airport site in Austin.

Mueller will be developed over 10 to 15 years and is expected to include more than 140 acres of open space, a pattern of landscaped streets designed to support pedestrians and bicycles, up to 4,600 single-family and multi-family living units, a mixed-use town center, an elementary school, the 32-acre campus of the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, 3.8 million sq ft of office space, 650,000 sq ft of retail space and a central transit corridor that provides for a possible extension of mass transit service. The project’s first residential phase broke ground in the summer with the first residents scheduled to move in by early 2008.

The design team working on Mueller Lake Park includes, RVi Planning of Austin (landscape architect), ROMA Design Group of San Francisco, (land planner), and Taniguchi Architects and Associates of Austin, (designer of the site structures). Bury + Partners of Austin is the engineering firm for the project.


Allied Production Solutions Receives $800,000 TEF Grant

The Texas Enterprise Fund awarded $800,000 to Allied Production Solutions LP to establish the company’s headquarters in Texas and construct new steel and fiberglass tank manufacturing facilities in Gainesville. Construction began in October with completion of the headquarters and steel and tank manufacturing facilities in mid-2008. The company will generate 200 new high-wage jobs for Texans.

Allied Production Solutions LP manufactures steel and fiberglass tanks, separators, and various other types of oil and gas surface production equipment used by oil and gas producers to handle output from wells and prepare the product for the consumer. In addition to the $800,000 TEF award, the Gainesville Economic Development Corp. also assisted in Allied’s relocation.

The legislature created the TEF in 2003 and re-appropriated funding in 2005 and 2007 to help bring new jobs to Texas. To date, the TEF has closed the deal on projects generating more than 45,000 new jobs and $15 billion in capital investment in the state.


St. Lukeís Sugar Land Hospital Construction Slated for Opening

St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital Construction Slated for Opening
The last beam is placed at the St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital during a topping-out ceremony. Among the officers present were executives from Linbeck, St. Luke’s and PageSoutherlandPage.

The building team of St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital recently completed work on the building’s frame at the facility on the outskirts of Houston. Slated to open next summer, it is being built concurrently with the five-story, 200,000-sq-ft Sugar Land Medical Plaza.

The Hospital and Medical Plaza will be connected by a shared atrium and walkway from the second floor. Both are part of St. Luke’s Episcopal Health System.

Sugar Land Medical Plaza has been designed using the latest innovations in health technology along with the operating efficiency of the future.

The new 100-bed hospital will offer inpatient and outpatient services, and will feature 60 private rooms with acute care beds, 20 private rooms dedicated to women’s services, a 10-bed pediatric unit, a 10-bed intensive care unit, and comprehensive diagnostic and imaging services. The new facility will offer an array of medical and surgical clinical services, obstetrics and pediatrics.

The architect for the new Sugar Land hospital project is PageSoutherlandPage of Houston and general contractor is Houston-based Linbeck Group LP.


Conservatory Senior Residences Completes Three Properties

Dallas-based Conservatory Senior Residences financed a $93 million construction/mini-permanent loan for a three-property, 649-unit multifamily portfolio in Dallas and Houston for senior living.

The Dallas office of Holliday Fenoglio Fowler LP, or HFF, arranged the loan on behalf of Conservatory Senior Residences.

Due for completion in late 2007, the Class A portfolio includes a senior housing community and two traditional multifamily properties. Amenities will include clubhouses, fitness centers, 40-seat movie theatres, business centers, game rooms, pools and libraries.

The properties include the Conservatory at Alden Bridge, in the Houston suburb of The Woodlands; Conservatory at Champion Forest, in the Houston suburb of Spring; and Conservatory at Plano, in the Dallas, suburb of Plano.


High-Ridge Industrial Park Enters Houston Market

The Betz Cos./Worthington Development Venture of Houston is currently under way with a new concept in Texas by developing one in a series of office/warehouse condominium industrial parks, or "Smart Parks," in northeast Houston. Worthington decided to enter the Texas market after developing a number of successful projects in California, Florida and Arizona. The firm teamed with Texas’ Betz Cos. to create the new concept in the Houston office/warehouse market.

The buildings are tilt-up concrete which offers security, durability and low maintenance. Impact windows are also used to give the users peace of mind as to bad weather, outside noise and security from intruders.

This first project is strategically located approximately two minutes from the Bush Intercontinental Airport, five minutes from IH-45 and adjacent to U.S. 59 and is currently under construction with an expected completion of Phase I by February of 2008. Phase II, which will soon be under construction, should be ready for occupancy in June of 2008.

Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas Plans $151 Million Expansion

The Dallas office of Thornton Tomasetti, a structural engineering and design firm, completed the structural engineering of the $151 million expansion and renovation of the Walnut Hill campus at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. This major expansion includes a 512,000-sq-ft inpatient bed tower, respiratory therapy, cardiopulmonary, an emergency department, conference center, laboratory, and an interventional administration center. The tower will include 180 new acuity adaptable beds for critical care, telemetry and acute care patients.

The expansion also includes the design of a new 397,000-sq-ft parking structure.

Thornton Tomasetti will renovate an additional 132,000 sq ft of existing area of the hospital in an effort to update the property with modern technologies. This renovation also includes the addition of a three-story, 6,420-sq-ft concourse area on the north side of the existing hospital, which will feature a stepped retaining wall with planters, exterior glass wall, escalator system and skybridges to connect to the main building. An additional skybridge will be created to connect to the adjacent Jackson Rehabilitation building.

Set for completion in 2011, the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas project team includes Dallas-based HKS Architects and developer Texas Health Resources of Arlington.


Hill & Wilkinson Builds $50 Million in New Projects

Plano-based Hill & Wilkinson Ltd. recently landed more than $50 million in new contracts, reporting strong activity in retail, sports, education, aviation and health care.

Among the project awards are the new $14.7 million Grand Prairie Baseball Stadium, the $6.5 million renovation and hospital finish-out for the North Central Surgery Center in Dallas, the $5.1 million FMS Legacy Medical Office Building in Plano, Southwest Airlines Gate 1A at Love Field and the Chisolm Plaza renovation in Plano. The firm was also recently tapped by Koll Development to construct a 122,000-sq-ft build-to-suit corporate headquarters for Denbury Resources, an independent oil and gas company.

In the education sector, Hill & Wilkinson has booked more than $9.4 million in new construction activity, including the completion of new classroom facilities for Navarro College, food court renovations for Abilene Christian University, dorm renovations for TCU and campus dining renovations for Colin County Community College.

The firm is also in preconstruction on two rehabilitation hospitals in Dallas and Fort Worth respectively and a new long term acute care hospital in Beaumont.


Hillwood Enters Houston Market with 3,800-Acre Development

As part of an increased focus on acquiring more residential property, Dallas-based Hillwood acquired more than 3,800 acres in Fort Bend County near Houston for an undisclosed amount.

Sienna Plantation south plans include approximately 7,000 single-family homes, as well as 300 acres for retail and commercial use. Hillwood also is setting aside 100 acres for schools and churches, as well as preserving more than 1,000 acres for parks and open spaces.

Hillwood’s purchase of Sienna Plantation South is the company’s first project in the Houston market and the largest residential property the company has purchased. The project is part of the 10,500-acre Sienna Plantation development that is located in the ETJ of Missouri City.

Hillwood has started engineering and predevelopment on the property. Construction of infrastructure is scheduled to begin in 2008 with the first lots set to be available in mid-2009.


Sundance Breaks Ground on Fort Worth Psychiatric Hospital

Sundance Psychiatric Hospital, which will be Fort Worth’s only freestanding psychiatric hospital when it opens in about a year, broke ground recently. The hospital will provide services for children, adolescents and adults who have acute psychiatric illnesses.

Located at 513 W. Rosedale St., the hospital will be about 38,000 sq ft and will open with 48 beds initially. Additional beds will open in the second and third phases, which have yet to be scheduled. Total cost of the project is estimated to be about $8 million.

Arlington-based Ascension Group Architects designed the hospital.

 


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