Largest Construction Projects Total Nearly $1.7 Billion in Arkansas

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

Only 95 commercial construction projects in 2010 were valued at $5 million or greater. Lowering the threshold to $3 million pumped up the total project count this year to 125.

Public projects for communities or the state (sans education and health care) provided a baker's dozen. The largest remains the Special Needs Unit at the Ouachita River Correctional Unit in Malvern (No. 4) at $72.5 million, administered by the Department of Correction.

Military work generated a dozen entries. National Guard facilities were home to eight of the projects, with the Little Rock Air Force Base contributing two and Pine Bluff Arsenal one.

A wild card is development of the $5.7 million veterans' cemetery near Birdeye (Cross County) at No. 80. The largest is the $22.5 million Armed Forces Reserve Training Center in Jonesboro (No. 17) by W.G. Yates & Sons.

Another double-digit category is apartments at 10. The biggest apartment project is the $16.4 million Centerstone development in Conway by the hometown general contractor, Salter Construction Inc.

The projects are spread across the state in 53 communities. The double-digit cities are Little Rock with 19 and Fayetteville with 11. The VA Hospital Addition (No. 5 at $62.5 million) is the biggest Fayetteville project, overseen by Crossland Construction Co. of Columbus, Kan.

From there, the count drops to five projects each in Bentonville and Conway, where the $20.7 million project (No. 19) at Conway Regional Medical Center is largest.

Four projects each are home in Cabot, El Dorado, Hot Springs and Jonesboro. The largest projects in these cities are the High School project in El Dorado, No. 8 at $43.2 million; the Humanities/Social Sciences Building/Central Plant at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, No. 15 at $25 million; the Student Residential Building at the Arkansas School for Math & Science in Hot Springs, No. 27 at $13.1 million; and the Armed Services Readiness Center in Cabot, No. 45 at $9.9 million.




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