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A $1.5 billion expansion to Denver International Airport broke ground last week and is just one of many high-profile projects around the country.
A $1.5 billion expansion to Denver International Airport broke ground last week and is just one of many high-profile projects around the country.
A $1.5 billion expansion to Denver International Airport broke ground last week and is just one of many high-profile projects around the country.
A $1.5 billion expansion to Denver International Airport broke ground last week and is just one of many high-profile projects around the country.
A $1.5 billion expansion to Denver International Airport broke ground last week and is just one of many high-profile projects around the country.

Top 200 Distributors Supplying Some of the U.S.’s Largest Construction Projects

June 8, 2018
A look at major projects Top 200 distributors are involved in.

Although some nonresidential construction data points to a sluggish project market in the first half of this year, some of the anecdotal evidence is hard to ignore. Earlier this week, a $1.5 billion project broke ground along San Diego’s waterfront — the Manchester Pacific Gateway, which a post at www.sandiegometro.com  said will feature a new regional headquarters for the U.S. Navy, two hotels, 1.1 million square feet of office space, 391,000 square feet of restaurants and shops, 4.5 acres of public open space, and 2,400 underground parking spaces.

There was good news for the construction industry up the coast in Los Angeles, too, where last month the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved almost $2 billion in transit construction spending, including $980 million for the nine-mile, seven-station Westside Subway extension of the city’s Purple Line. An Engineering News-Record report said that construction will start July 1. And last week in Denver there was a groundbreaking ceremony for a $1.5 billion addition to Denver International Airport that will add 39 gates and all sorts of retail shops and additional services.

EM’s editors found that Top 200 electrical distributors are also getting involved with some mega-projects across the United States. According to survey respondents for the annual listing, distributors are getting in on the action with projects including but not limited to data centers, Amazon warehouses, auto factories, hospitals and downtown mixed-use projects. Here’s a sampling of other projects they are working on.

Auto manufacturing plants. Toyota/Mazda joint venture manufacturing plant in Huntsville, AL; multiple Big Three projects in Michigan; and Mercedes and Volvo plants in the Charleston, SC, market.

Mixed-use construction projects. Detroit (Hudson’s); New York (Hudson Yards); and Tampa, FL (Water Street).

Factories (non-auto). Braidy Industries $1.3 billion aluminum plant and EnerBlu Inc. $372 million battery plant in West Virginia; Foxconn headquarters in southeastern Wisconsin; and Swiss Krono in Barnwell, SC.

Hospitals. Cleveland Clinic; Cincinnati Children’s Clinic; Memorial Children’s Hospital and Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, CO; St. Jude Children Research Hospital, Memphis, TN; and St. Jude Hospital, Yorba Linda Hospital, Yorba Linda, CA.

Indiana. $1.4 billion FedEx facility, and the Indiana University Hospital, Bloomington, IN; which Kirby Risk says will consist of approximately $5 million in switchgear and $12 million in lighting.

Iowa/Nebraska. Facebook, Google and Microsoft data centers in Omaha NE, Council Bluffs and Des Moines, IA.

Los Angeles. Disneyland expansion, Los Angeles Rams football stadium; LAX; and infrastructure projects to start in the next 18 to 24 months for 2028 Summer Olympics.

Las Vegas. NFL Raiders’ football stadium and Resorts World project.

New York. LaGuardia Airport, Moynihan Station, Jacob Javits convention center, JFK Airport, Long Island Railroad, Metro North Railroad & Port Authority projects.

Philadelphia. Comcast Center & Penn Towers and University of Pennsylvania medical center.

San Francisco. San Francisco International Airport, Transbay Transit Center and San Francisco Police Credit Union.

St. Louis. Centenne Tower and the new National Geospatial Agency (NGA) building ($2 billion project); CityArch River Project; Ballpark Village near Cardinals’ stadium; and new buildings at St. Louis University and Washington University.