Big Building Projects Top $1.2 Billion

Largest Construction Projects, Largest Subcontractors

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The list of big-bucks construction projects in Arkansas topped $1 billion for a third consecutive year. Included in the roll call of projects valued at $5 million or higher are 100 jobs totaling more than $1.2 billion.

Little Rock had the most projects in this year's census with 18, followed by Bentonville at 10, Rogers with eight, Fayetteville with seven, Springdale at six and Jonesboro with five. These cities were home to more than half the projects in this year's list.

Pulaski County and Benton County each accounted for 23 projects. Washington County had 15. These three counties tallied 61 percent of the projects in the list.

Last year's total of 90 projects approached the $1.2 billion mark, which is on par with this year's top 90. The 2003 list encompassed 62 Arkansas projects worth $5 million or more under construction. Total value: $1.06 billion.

Fifty general contractors are associated with this year's 100 projects. Of these companies, 34 are headquartered in Arkansas.

The firm with the most entries in this year's list is Crossland Construction Co. of Columbus, Kan. The value of its 11 projects, all in northwest Arkansas, totals more than $193 million.

Nabholz Construction Corp. of Conway is building nine projects that together are worth more than $126 million this year. A year ago, the company topped the list with eight projects valued at more than $110 million.

A trio of Little Rock contractors won five or more projects on the list: May Construction Co. recorded seven, valued at more than $73 million; followed by Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. with six, valued at $79 million; and CDI Contractors Inc., five, at more than $78 million.

General contractors based in Arkansas are associated with 69 of this year's projects.

Education-related construction dominated the list with 31 projects. Other popular categories were apartments, 15; healthcare, 13; and retail, 12.

One project that could've made the list this year is the Hino Manufacturing U.S.A. plant in Marion's Railport Industrial Park.

The 400,000-SF project is described as a $160 million development, which no doubt includes equipment for producing Toyota parts and components. Estimates of plant construction costs range from a low starting point of $17 million to $24 million.

Another Toyota supplier, Sakae Riken Kogyo Co. and its American subsidiary, Eakas Corp., has completed site work for another big-dollar industrial project in east Arkansas.

Bids for the 200,000-SF plant in Wynne are being gathered, with construction expected to begin by spring.

Three of the five top projects this year are carryovers from 2004. With the completion of the Clinton Presidential Library, another Little Rock project moves to the top: the $49 million Richard Sheppard Arnold United States Courthouse. It is followed by a new entry, the Tyson Foods Discovery Center, a $45 million project on the company's Springdale corporate campus.

Nos. 3 and 4, Springdale High School and Middle School and Mount Magazine Lodge, are both carryovers.

Jonesboro's Turtle Creek Mall joins the top five as a newcomer at $30.5 million.

This year's top five weighed in at a lighter $203 million, compared with last year's combined $286 million.