Top Building Jobs Approach $2B in Value

by George Waldon  on Monday, Apr. 14, 2008 12:00 am  

Bill Hannah, CEO of Nabholz Construction Corp., reports that construction demand remains strong, including at St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock.

Little Rock's Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. accounted for eight projects valued at $126 million, compared with $121 million in 2007. Its largest project is the $28.6 million Arkansas State Hospital Expansion on the UAMS campus in Little Rock.

Rounding out the five companies with the most projects on this year's list are Crossland Construction, with seven combining for $117.6 million, and Lindsey Construction Co. of Fayetteville, with six apartment developments adding up to $115.4 million.

Bob Shell, president of Little Rock's Baldwin & Shell Construction Co., reports that contracting demand remains steady.

"It's been very encouraging," Shell said. "As a whole, I think most commercial contractors are busy. The climate is good."

He said office construction has tapered off a bit, but the medical, school and church sectors are still strong.

"Commercially, there's not been much of a fall-off," Shell said. "Talking with architects, they have a lot of work coming out. A lot of this is generated by school work around the state."

School districts in Arkansas continue to feed new projects into the construction pipeline to upgrade or expand their facilities. Eighteen school-related projects, all in various stages of completion, were large enough to make the 2008 list.

The biggest of the bunch remains the $39 million Rogers High School 2 project by Flintco Cos. Inc. of Tulsa.

Little Rock's VCC is supervising the two largest projects with a substantial retail component on this year's list: Pinnacle Hills Promenade in Rogers (No. 3 at $75 million) and Little Rock's The Promenade at Chenal (No. 9 at $32 million).

Arkansas contracting firms accounted for 95 of this year's 125 projects, compared with 93 out of 123 in 2007 and 82 out of 121 in 2006.



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