Largest Construction Projects Top $1.3 Billion

by George Waldon  on Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 12:00 am  

William Clark, president of Clark Contractors LLC of Little Rock, said his firm priced a number of hospitality projects last year and hasn’t seen any new ones during the last 120 to 180 days.

Only two hotel projects made the 2012 list: The $10.8 million Little Rock Residence Inn by Clark Contractors and the $5 million remodel of the Hot Springs Ramada Inn by Wade Abernathy Inc. of Mount Ida.

“It seems like it has slowed down the last few months as far as projects coming up for bid,” Clark said.

“I don’t know if that’s a reflection of people waiting for the elections to get over or if it is just a lull. I haven’t heard any indications of people thinking the economy is slowing down.”

“There’s more corporate work than there has been. There wasn’t any corporate work two years ago. I take that as a good sign.”

Little Rock was home to 27 commercial projects valued at $3 million-plus, the most of any city on this year’s list.

Supported by collegiate construction, Fayetteville (18 projects) and Jonesboro (11 projects) were the only other cities to post double-digit entries.

The $30 million expansion and renovation of Vol Walker Hall (No. 5) by Baldwin & Shell topped the list for projects at the University of Arkansas and colleges around the state.

Bob Shell expects the job to be completed in time for fall classes in 2013 despite running into some geological surprises: more rock than sample drilling indicated.

“It’s going to be beautiful when we get through,” he said.

Vol Walker is among a dozen projects totaling nearly $175 million on the Fayetteville campus.

Three private-sector student housing projects under con-struction near the UA campus add up to $75 million: Sterling Frisco, No. 6 at $28.5 million; The Vue, No. 11 at $25 million; and The Domain, No. 16 at $22 million.



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