Largest Construction Projects Total Nearly $1.7 Billion in Arkansas

by George Waldon  on Monday, Dec. 6, 2010 12:00 am  

Commercial construction activity declined for a second consecutive year in Arkansas. The dollar total for the state's largest active commercial projects fell shy of $1.7 billion, an 8 percent drop from 2009.

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Helping bolster the total is an updated valuation of the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, which remained atop the list and increased from $100 million to $150 million.

This improved number will have to do for now but remains an estimate. Those in the know on Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton's project have been sworn to secrecy.

Also helping stabilize this year's dollar total was the South Wing Expansion at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock by Nabholz Construction Corp. of Conway. This project jumped from No. 35 at $16 million in 2009 to No. 2 at $84.8 million this year, as details of the job were sorted out.

The expansion is among 12 health care-related projects on this year's list totaling more than $326 million. But the biggest category, with 46 entries, was education. K-12 projects accounted for 32 projects, more than double the 14 higher ed jobs.

Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. of Little Rock registered the most projects: 17 entries dominated by education-related work carrying a combined value of $278.6 million. The $55 million campus in Maumelle (No. 6) that will replace Oak Grove High School is the firm's biggest and the largest project in the K-12 category.

Nabholz Construction Corp. registered the second-largest tally at nine projects worth more than $178 million.

Ridge Construction LLC of North Little Rock, with its menu of apartment projects, and Kinco Constructors LLC of Little Rock followed with six projects each. CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock and CR Crawford Construction Inc. of Fayetteville each have five projects on the list.

Six firms had four projects in the list, including four Little Rock concerns: Clark Contractors LLC, James H. Cone Inc., Flynco Inc. and East-Harding Inc. Rounding out this half-dozen are Delk Construction Co. of Bald Knob and W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. of Philadelphia, Miss.

Forty-seven different general contractors are represented on the list of largest commercial projects in Arkansas.

In years past, the cutoff for project valuations on the list has stood at $5 million. With that minimum, the 2009 list contained 123 active projects.



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