BUCKEYE, ARIZ. — Willmeng Construction and the City of Buckeye have completed Phase II of Sundance Park, located at 22865 Lower Buckeye Road in Buckeye. Sundance Park now encompasses 68 areas in total with the additional of the 38 acres of Phase II and features the city’s first public fishing lake. Willmeng served as general contractor on the project, which was designed by Phoenix-based J2 Engineering and Environment Design. The 38-acre expansion of Sundance Park includes a three-acre fishing lake, which will be stocked with catfish, bluegill, bass and rainbow trout. Other features include a grand pavilion, splash pad, lighted basketball courts, four multi-use sports fields, playgrounds, ramadas, restrooms and ample parking.
WACO, TEXAS — Global design-build firm Populous and general contractor J.T. Vaughn Construction have completed the Mark & Paula Hurd Welcome Center, a civic project on Baylor University’s campus in Waco. The center features 17,000 square feet of total meeting space, including a 13,560-square-foot ballroom, a 1,800-square-foot alumni meeting suite and a 2,850-square-foot auditorium, in addition to the 23,500-square-foot grand hall. The building’s total footprint is 136,000 square feet.
SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. — C.W. Driver Cos. has completed the construction of the Interactive Learning Pavilion, a four-story learning facility at UC Santa Barbara. The company collaborated with LMN Architects on the $70 million project in Santa Barbara. The 95,000-square-foot structures offers 2,000 seats of classroom space, including five lecture halls, three classroom spaces for project-based learning and 20 flexible discussion rooms. Each of the 32 classrooms and lecture halls is designed to seat between 30 and 350 students. Additionally, the project features 1,700 bicycle parking spaces. The pavilion’s two buildings are connected via an open-air corridor. The project received LEED Gold Certification.
ROSEAU, MINN. — Kraus-Anderson has completed Phase II of an overall $43 million renovation for Roseau Community Schools in Roseau, a city in northern Minnesota. Kraus-Anderson began the 141,000-square-foot project in July 2020 following the approval of a bond referendum that voters passed by nearly 75 percent. Designed by JLG Architects, the project included the renovation and expansion of the K-12 school complex, consisting of 81,000 square feet of new construction and a 60,000-square-foot remodel. Phase I included two stories of new construction and extensive remodeling, including classroom spaces for English, language and social studies, along with site improvements. Phase II featured 16,416 square feet of new construction, remodeling and reconstruction. There are new spaces for educational programming and activities. The high school received new classrooms, including Career and Technology Education (CTE), a music suite for band and choir, administrative and common areas. The project also provides improved and enlarged gymnasium spaces to meet physical education, co-curricular and community programming needs. Kraus-Anderson also replaced aging building and major systems, including ventilation, heating, electrical, lighting, roofing, exterior walls and insulation.
AUSTIN, TEXAS — General contractor Hensel Phelps has begun work on the West Gate Expansion, a project that will increase the size of a terminal at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport by 84,500 square feet across three levels of apron, concourse and mezzanine space. The expansion will also add amenities such as new food and retail spaces, public art installations, more seating areas, larger restrooms, a third-level patio and private rooms for nursing or pumping. The project team will also construct three new gates. Completion is slated for 2026.
HOUSTON — Locally based brokerage firm Oxford Partners has arranged the sale of a 5,000-square-foot church located at 634 W. Cottage St. in North Houston. According to LoopNet Inc., the property was built in 1927. D.J. Hale of Oxford Partners represented the buyer, Hope Lutheran Church, in the transaction. Marcela Amador of Home Central Real Estate Inc. represented the undisclosed seller.
MANOR, TEXAS — The Independent School District of Manor, a northeastern suburb of Austin, has completed an 85,000-square-foot academic project. Manor Early College High School will serve approximately 800 students in grades nine through 12. The school, construction of which carried a price tag of about $35.5 million, will feature an open concept designed to emulate college campuses and will house a commons area, coffee shop and cafeteria. Birmingham-based HPM served as program manager for the project, providing quality control and preconstruction services, as well as maintaining schedule and budget compliance during construction.
FOREST LAKE, MINN. — Kraus-Anderson has broken ground on the Northern Environmental Center, an $11.4 million environmental and yard waste center in Forest Lake, about 27 miles northeast of St. Paul. Designed by HCM Architects, the 30,000-square-foot county facility will serve northern Washington County. The project will include loading docks and covered drop-off areas, as well as an adjacent yard waste drop-off and pickup areas. Completion is slated for May 2025.
MANOR, TEXAS — The Independent School District of Manor, a northeastern suburb of Austin, has completed a 116,000-square-foot academic project. Manor Rise Academy will serve approximately 850 students from kindergarten to eighth grade. The 40-acre campus will house multiple gyms, a media center, two art rooms, three maker spaces, performing arts classrooms, student collaboration areas and flexible classrooms. The site also features competition-level athletic fields, outdoor learning spaces and playgrounds. Birmingham-based HPM served as program manager for the project, providing quality control and preconstruction services, as well as maintaining schedule and budget compliance during construction.
Reinhardt Construction, S. M. Wilson & Co. to Serve as Construction Manager at Risk for Columbia Public Schools’ Building Program
COLUMBIA, MO. — A joint venture between Reinhardt Construction LLC and S. M. Wilson & Co. will serve as the construction manager at risk for Columbia Pacific Schools’ bond program aimed to improve and expand the district’s facilities. Over the coming year, Reinhardt/Wilson and the architect team, DLR Group and SOA, will provide pre-construction and design services, respectively. The firms will work to maximize the budget, establish plans for various projects and hire project teams. Plans call for renovations and new construction at the Columbia Area Career Center, an addition at Battle Elementary School and construction of a new elementary school next to the John Warner Middle School. Construction is expected to begin in late 2023 or early 2024. Funding for these projects comes from a no-tax-rate-increase bond referendum, which was approved by voters in April 2022. Columbia is located about 30 miles north of Jefferson City.