Largest Construction Projects Top $1.3 Billion

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

The $25 million Humanities-Social Sciences project (No. 11) is the biggest project under construction on the Arkansas State University campus. (See related story, Page 16.)

Four cities each had five projects in the list: Conway, Jacksonville, North Little Rock and Searcy. Two others, Hot Springs and Batesville, have four entries.

A trio of cities, Bentonville, Rogers and Paragould, accounted for three $3 million-plus projects.

“We think there is a little bit of an air of optimism,” said Bill Hannah of Nabholz. “We support that even though our backlog isn’t as substantial as it was going into 2012.

“Our backlog is comprised of more small and medium-sized work, not large projects. There aren’t as many mega-projects out there.”

Nabholz led this year’s list with 25 entries, followed by Clark Contractors and CDI Contractors LLC of Little Rock with nine projects each.

Baldwin & Shell had eight projects while East-Harding Inc. of Little Rock registered seven.

Three companies posted six entries each: Crossland Construction Co. of Columbus, Kan., Kinco Constructors LLC of Little Rock and Tate General Contractors Inc. of Jonesboro.

With political uncertainties somewhat resolved from the Nov. 6 elections, Hannah believes some of the wait-and-see investors sitting on the sidelines will make moves to launch projects.

“We’re optimistic going into 2013 but not overzealous,” Hannah said. “We’re cautiously optimistic.”



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