Highlights from HCA’s Annual Forecast Luncheon – January 25, 2018
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Posted by: Emelie Englehart
Highlights from HCA’s Annual Forecast Luncheon – January 25, 2018
The Houston Contractors Association held it’s 13th annual construction forecast presentation at the January luncheon. This popular event always draws a large crowd and this year was no exception with an estimated 340 attendees turning out for this-- the first luncheon of the year. The attendees got to hear presentations from various representatives of regional public entities give their construction projections for 2018.
The list of speakers was as follows: First, Quincy Allen, the District Engineer of the Texas Department of Transportation. From Harris County PID we had the Assistant County Engineer, Lloyd Smith. Nathan Hayden, the Director of the Construction Division of Harris County Flood Control presented. We also had John Tyler, the Deputy Director of Engineering for the Harris County Toll Road Authority. Following him was Stacy Slawinski, the Assistant County Engineer of the Projects Department from Fort Bend County. Then we had the Galveston County Engineer, Michael Shannon. Joe Myers, the Acting Deputy Director of Public Works for the City of Houston followed. Jason McLemore, the Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Business Opportunities for the Houston Airport System was next, followed by Mark Gardemal, the Assistant Director for Public Works for the City of Pasadena. Next was Keisha Seals, the Engineering Manager for the City of Sugar Land. The Director of Public Works & City Engineer of Missouri City, Shashi Kumar spoke next. Then we had Frank Simoneaux, Director of Public Works for the City of Baytown. Lastly, we had Roger Hoh, the Director of the Department of Project & Construction Management for the Port of Houston Authority.
Quincy Allen, District Engineer of the Texas Department of Transportation: In May they’re going to touch State Highway 87 and the over pass on 124. Big 45 job downtown won’t be on the to-do list for a couple of years, but they’re moving forward with the project. There’s a drafted environmental statement and need FTIS. In April or May, they’re thinking about a request for qualifications. It’s a design build project and break ground in late 2019/ early 2020. Last year they did a $1.5 billion and another $500 million in alternate delivery and they’re going to be at that same amount this year.
Lloyd Smith, Assistant County Engineer at Harris County PIC: He stated that Harris County will be seeing an increase in progress this year and is back to a normal pace of operations across all disciplines. He stated there are large vertical projects involving the downtown campus of County buildings. These will add to the total because they’re not added in yet. Road and bridge work is steady. There will also be four large traffic signal jobs coming out this year.
Nathan Hayden, Director of the Construction Division of Harris County Flood Control: Harris County Flood Control will have $160 million awarded for project this year. Last year the projection was $1.9 million and they actually only awarded $1.3 million. Notable projects this year include: the 1st quarter has Poor Farm Ditch Conveyance Improvements for $18 million. 2nd quarter has 3 bridges, the next phase of Brays Bayou expansion, and several NRCS projects. 3rd quarter has the excavation of the Little York Detention Basin and Greens Detention Basin Construction Phase 1. 4th quarter mainly focuses on the stabilization and excavation of the Addicks watershed basin.
John Tyler, Deputy Director of Engineering for the Harris County Toll Road Authority: Mr. Tyler stated that HCTRA has 3 construction projects. For tollway/ highway projects there are the Central Plaza improvements for $11 million and the Quitman Overpass at the future Hardy Toll Road for $15 million. For maintenance there are roadway, bridge, and drainage improvements totaling $5.6 million.
Stacy Slawinski, Assistant County Engineer of the Projects Department from Fort Bend County: Mr. Slawinski stated that they have 9 projects they’re going to advertise this year totaling $27.5 million.
Michael Shannon, Galveston County Engineer: Mr. Shannon said that he would like to see more bidders in Galveston County. In November, the voters passed an $80 million bond issue. $56 million for roads and bridges, $18 million for facilities and $6 million for flood control. He said they still have $20 million of funding for projects from Hurricane Ike that will bid this year.
Joe Myers, Acting Deputy Director of Public Works for the City of Houston: The City of Houston has a $4.7 billion, 5-year program. The next year has roughly $200 million for road and street improvements. The biggest project on the CIP is the Northeast Water Treatment Plant expansion with an estimated cost of $1.7 billion. Mr. Myers also noted that currently within the Department of Public Works, four of the nine director’s positions are being filled by acting directors and the biggest challenge is to officially fill those positions.
Jason McLemore, Deputy Assistant Director for the Office of Business Opportunities for the Houston Airport System: Mr. McLemore stated that at the Bush Airport, they will be moving outside their terminals and focusing more on runways and taxiways. They’re also re-doing terminal A giving it a modernization including restroom remodels and a new ticket and gate check-in computer system. They’re also fixing the inter-terminal train. Now at Hobby Airport they’re doing lighting and marking for FIS expansion, satellite utilities plant, rehab of the ARFF station, parking office, drainage rehab, and a new passenger drop off canopy. At Ellington Field they’re doing parallel taxiway to runway.
Mark Gardemal, Assistant Director for Public Works for the City of Pasadena: Mr. Gardemal said that they’re hoping to do $30-$40 million a year for the next 5 years for road and drainage in Pasadena. For water and sewage, they hope to average $10 million a year. For road and drainage they have $10 million project on Ritchie Rd. coming out soon. They’re going to build a new $7.5 million courthouse. For wastewater, they have a consolidation program and might be able to shut down the wastewater plant.
Keisha Seals, Engineering Manager for the City of Sugar Land: She stated that they’re investing over $11 million over the next 5 years for road rehab and reconstruction in Sugar Land. They also have over $26 million for drainage improvements over the next 5 years, however, they’re starting bidding for a specific project in February. The Sugar Land website has a lot of additional information. www.sugarlandtx.gov/civicalerts They have 89 active projects currently.
Shashi Kumar, Director of Public Works & City Engineer of Missouri City: Mr. Kumar said the largest project they have coming out is the expansion of their SWTP with an estimated cost of $20 million that bids in May 2018. Next, they have a roadway corridor beautification project for $2.5 million that bids in Fall 2018. Then he said they have a Waterfall Dr. reconstruction for $1.4 million that bids in Summer 2018. They also have mobility bond projects: East and West segments for Independence Blvd, as well as Knight Road extension.
Frank Simoneaux, Director of Public Works for the City of Baytown: They have eight water plant projects, three water line projects, six wastewater treatment plant projects, five wastewater line projects, and five street projects with 1 currently being advertised.
Roger Hoh, Director of the Department of Project & Construction Management for the Port of Houston Authority: The Port of Houston has a CIP budget of over $250 million this year. In the planning stage they have several projects. The 1st project is to redo 20 acres of asphalt pavement at the Barbours Cut terminal. Next, the Port plans to redo city dock 9, then they are going to rehab and repair wharf 2. In the construction phase is the expansion of the truck processing entry gate at Barbours Cut. At Bayport, they need a mile-long rail spur, an empty container yard security system, construction of the 47 acre container yard 7, container yard 7 security system, and vegetate the Bayport container terminal south berm. They’re also going to install tie-downs for cranes #3& #4 at Barbours Cut, rehabbing Wharf 3 at Barbours Cut, and demolishing the lash dock. At the CARE Terminal, they’re going to remove and install a new fender system at wharfs #1 & #2. They’re wanting to rehab the transit shed floor at wharf #46 at the Turning Basin Terminal. And lastly, they want to repair damage to wharf 11, 12, and 13 at Turning Basin North.
For a full listing of all of the projects discussed during this meeting, visit the HCA web site at www.houstoncontractors.org
In lieu of the March Luncheon, HCA is hosting a Happy Hour at the Redneck Country Club. This event is on Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 4PM – 7PM. The address is 11110 W. Airport Blvd, Stafford, TX 77477. For more information please click HERE.
Join us Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Westside Sporting Grounds located at 10120 Pattison Rd. Katy, TX 77493 for the annual HCA Sporting Clay Shoot. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. with the main event starting at 10:00 a.m. Lunch will be served at 1:00 p.m. followed by the awards ceremony and a raffle. Cost is $150.00 per shooter, four shooters per team. Price includes golf cart, lunch, shells, and prizes. To register please click HERE.