Top Projects Total Nearly $2 Billion

by George Waldon  on Monday, Apr. 23, 2007 12:00 am  

Rounding out the top five cities are Rogers with eight and Conway and North Little Rock with seven each. The top five cities accounted for 68 projects, 55 percent of the list.

Two Rogers projects among this year’s top 10 are carryovers: St. Mary’s Mercy Health of Northwest Arkansas Campus in Rogers, the biggest project in 2006; and the $65 million Pinnacle Hills Promenade.

J.E. Dunn Construction Group of Kansas City is overseeing the St. Mary’s project while Little Rock’s Vratsinas Construction is at the helm of Pinnacle Hills.

The biggest Conway project on the list is a $23 million apartment project by Fayetteville’s Lindsey Co., The Links at Cadron Valley.

The biggest North Little Rock project is the $14 million Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality office building by Conway’s Nabholz Construction Corp.
Nabholz posted the most projects on the 2007 list with 18 entries, up from 16 last year. Its biggest is the $25 million Patient Tower Expansion at North Arkansas Regional Medical Center in Harrison.

CDI Contractors tallied 16 projects, a big jump from seven in 2006. The company landed a package of UAMS projects totaling more than $270 million to boost its overall total to more than $512 million in this year’s list.

This compares with a total of more than $233 million in the 2007 list for Nabholz.
Little Rock’s Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. accounted for nine projects this year, compared with seven 12 months ago. The firm’s dollar total in the 2007 list topped $121 million, with the $28 million expansion of the Arkansas State Hospital on the UAMS campus as its biggest project.

Another sign of the decline in construction activity in northwest Arkansas is the number of large projects for Crossland Construction Co. of Columbus, Kan. A leading contractor in Benton and Washington counties, the firm registered a dozen projects in the 2006 list and seven this year, totaling $88 million.

Crossland’s largest Arkansas project is the $19.7 million Lofts at Underwood Plaza project in Fayetteville.

Of the 53 different construction firms represented in the 2007 list of largest commercial projects, 34 are Arkansas-based concerns. Arkansas contracting firms accounted for 93 of this year’s 123 projects, compared with 82 out of 121 in 2006.

The top five projects this year total more than $420 million. The top five weighed in at $262 million in 2006, $203 million in 2005 and $286 million in 2004.

Two pieces of the Shackleford Crossing retail center in Little Rock made the 2007 list: the $8 million lifestyle center portion of the project by James H. Cone Inc. in Little Rock and the $5.6 million J.C. Penney store by EMJ Corp. of Chattanooga, Tenn.

New construction on the main campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro was quiet this year. However, two ASU projects elsewhere made the list: a new $16.5 million campus in Heber Springs by Baldwin & Shell and a $10.8 million multi-use academic building in Beebe by Nabholz.

Twenty-one projects related to K-12 school construction made the list in 2007. The biggest of the bunch is the $39 million Rogers High School 2 project by Flintco Cos. Inc. of Tulsa.



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