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Mass Transit and Mixed-Use Construction Projects Lead Market in 3Q 2017

Some individual construction projects that recently broke ground or were proposed over the past few weeks seem to point toward a better construction climate down the road.

While some 2017 construction data reflects sluggish overall growth, some individual construction projects that recently broke ground or were proposed over the past few weeks seem to point toward a better construction climate down the road.

The latest Value of New Construction data from the U.S. Census Dept. showed year-over-year total construction activity through August at only +2.5% over 2016 and the Dodge Momentum Index, a monthly measure of the first (or initial) report for nonresidential building projects, fell -8.4% September. But along with large downtown renovations either underway or planned in Milwaukee, Detroit, San Diego, New York, and Washington, D.C., there’s more than $30 billion in mass transit construction in the news, almost $4 billion in data centers and many innovative mixed-use projects all over the United States.

Particularly striking is the construction activity in downtown Milwaukee, which includes the recently opened new $450 million headquarters for Northwestern Mutual, the $524 million arena for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, and more than 100 other construction projects, the most since World War II according to the Milwaukee Downtown business development group.

The mass transit projects are also of interest because of their scope and size. There’s the $15 billion bullet train that would link Dallas to Houston; a $4.7 mass-transit project that would link San Jose, CA, to San Francisco’s BART system; a mass-transit link between Boston’s South and North Stations valued at more than $4 billion; and smaller rail systems in Minneapolis and suburban Washington, D.C.

Contract Value ($ Millions)ProjectLocationStatusSource
4000-6000 Mass transit link from North Station to South StationBoston, MAProposalLowell Sun
1000-plus Shell Chemical AppalachiaWestern part of state, PAPlanning StageNGI's Shale Daily
15000Bullet train from Dallas to HoustonHouston-Dallas, TXPlanning StageVictoria Advocate
10000 Exxon & Saudi Arabia Basic Industries ethylene cracker plantSan Patricio County, TXPlanning StageCaller Times
10000 Foxconn electronics plantMount Pleasant, WIPlanning Stagewww.wbay.com
6000 Duke Power solar, electric-vehicle infrastructure and grid workMulti-locations, FLPlanning Stagewfae.org
4700 San Jose BART mass-transit expansionSan Jose, CAPlanning Stagewww.sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com
3500 Port Authority Bus TerminalNew York, NYPlanning Stagewww.nj.com
2200 The Wharf: currently DC's largest commercial projectWashington, DCUnderwaywww.wtop.com
2000 Oakland Raiders NFL stadiumLas Vegas, NVPlanning StageBoston Herald
2000 Dominion Energy's pumped hydroelectric storage unitTazewell County, VAPlanning StageEngineering News-Record
1800 Southwest Light-Rail Line expansionMinneapolis, MNBid Stagewww.startribune.com
1600 Washington State Convention Center expansionSeattle, WAPlanning Stagewww.komonews.com
1600 University of California at San Diego expansionLa Jolla, CAUnderwaySan Diego Union-Tribune
1500 Six Facebook data centers over eight yearsLos Lunas, NMUnderwayAlbuquerque Journal
1500 Vancouver Waterfront projectVancouver, WAUnderwaywww.oregonlive.com
1500 Amtrak/NJ Transit Portal North Bridge projectNew Jersey, NJGround-breakingwww.northjersey.com
1400 Cronus Fertilizer plantTuscola, IL2018 Ground-breakingwww.wandtv.com
1300 Apple data centerWaukee, IAPlanning Stagewww.kcrg.com
1200 Airport expansionNashville, TNPlanning StageUSA Today
1100 Pittsburgh International Airport renovationPittsburgh, PAApproval ProcessPittsburgh Post-Gazette
1000 Elk Grove Technology ParkElk Grove Village, ILProposalwww.dailyherald.com
1000 Denso automotive parts facilityMaryville, TNRecently Broke GroundThe Daily Times
1000 Facebook data centerHenrico County, VAProposalwww.richmond.com
1000 Retail, residential, office and other projects over past few yearsKing of Prussia, PAOn-goingwww.philly.curbed.com
800Mosaic mixed-use project in Raleigh metroPittsboro, NCPlanning StageShopping Center Business
762Leatherman container terminal renovation projectCharleston, SCPlanning StagePost & Courier
750Salem Partners 450-unit condominium and hotel developmentHonolulu, HIApproval ProcessShopping Center News
750Mixed-use project near NFL Hall of FameCanton, OHUnderwayNew York Times
675MGM Resorts CasinoBridgeport, CTProposalwww.fox61.com
600Oak View Group's plan to renovate arena for NBA and NHL useSeattle, WAProposalSeattle Times
400Volvo plant expansionRidgeville, SCProposalwww.cnbc.com
380Austin South Springboro mixed-use development on 68 acresSpringboro, OHApproval ProcessDayton Business Journal
380Valero Energy?s 136-mile Austin-Houston pipelineAustin-Houston, TXPlanning StageAustin Business Journal
316Multiple projects west of city?s I-75Cincinnati, OHUnderwayCincinnati Business Courier
300Mixed-use project near University of CincinnatiCincinnati, OHPlanning StageCincinnati Business Courier
267150MW wind farm with up to 75 turbinesDickey County, NDProposalDickinson Press
25016 rest areas on New Jersey toll roadsMulti-locations, NJPlanning stagewww.philadelphia.cbslocal.com
245Westin Anaheim ResortAnaheim, CAGround-breakingwww.abc7.com
200Mixed-use project in downtown DenverDenver, COUnderwayDenver Business Journal
177Amazon distribution centerNorth Randall, OHPlanning StagePlain Dealer
163Honolulu Harbor TerminalHonolulu, HIBid AwardedPacific Business News
140Quicken Loans NBA arenaCleveland, OHUnderwaywww.cleveland.com
100Space Needle renovationSeattle, WAGround-breakingPuget Sound Business Journal
100FBI data centerPocatello, IDGround-breakingwww.datacenterknowledge.com
NAPurple Line 16-mile long mass transit lineMulti-locations, MDNear ground-breakingwww.wtop.com
NA3-million-sq-ft American Dream project relaunchedMeadowlands area, NJUnderwaywww.newyork.cbslocal.com
NA Alliant Energy's 300MW, 121-turbine Upland Prairie wind farmClay & Dickinson Counties, IAProposalwww.renews.biz
NA One Light Street, a 780,941-square-foot mixed-use projectBaltimore, MDUnderwayCommercial Property Executive
NA 10-year Parks at Walter Reed mixed-used projectWashington, DCUnderwayWashington Business Journal
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