02.05.10 Client News

Graham Construction Services awarded three projects with a total estimated value of $33.5 million

Graham Construction Services, Inc., recently was awarded three contracts for educational and dormitory facility projects valued at a combined total of $33.5 million. The projects include the Arden Hills Readiness Center in Arden Hills, Minn.; the Minot Air Force Base Dormitory in Minot, N.D.; and the Landcare Facility for the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus.

Landcare Facility, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Landcare, a department within the University of Minnesota’s Facilities Management department, maintains the campus grounds’ beauty, safety and accessibility throughout the year. Landcare‘s current facility, the Ladder Building, was demolished to make way for the new Transit Hub. Graham is constructing a new, two-story facility at 2613 4th Street in Minneapolis to replace the previous location and consolidate Facilities Management general maintenance crews.

The new 20,000-square-foot, pre-cast concrete building and 14,000-square-foot, fenced exterior yard also will create efficiencies by reducing the travel time to the East and West Bank campuses. Designed by DLR Group of Minneapolis, the project’s total construction budget is estimated at $3.6 million with completion anticipated for July 2010.

Minot Air Force Base Dormitory
The new, two-building, three-level dormitory will be the third project Graham completes for North Dakota’s Minot Air Force Base. Graham is collaborating with ALSC Architects of Spokane, Wash., on this $18.8 million design-build project. Currently in the design phase, construction is expected to start in April 2010 and be complete in August 2011.

The site comprises approximately 245,000 square feet, which includes three buildings that will be demolished approximately 90 days after substantial completion of the new dormitory. When it opens, the 90,000-square-foot dormitory will feature a façade of masonry and metal siding, which will provide living quarters for 168 people.

This is the third project awarded to Graham at the Minot Air Force Base. Previous projects include the 91,000-square-foot Base Shopping Center and the Shoppette/Auto Care Center completed in 2009.

Arden Hills Readiness Center
The Arden Hills Army Training Readiness Center plans to break ground in April 2010. This project has an estimated construction value of $11.1 million and was awarded to the Holte/Graham joint venture. The joint venture represents an approved Mentor/Protégé Agreement through the U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a) business development program. This program enhances participants’ abilities to compete successfully for federal government contracts and gain access to economic opportunity.

Through the Mentor/Protégé Agreement and joint venture, Holte/Graham will construct the 90,000-square-foot readiness center. The facility will include an assembly hall, classrooms, distance learning, simulation center, kitchen and physical fitness area. Substantial completion is expected by January 2011.

In addition to the Arden Hills Army Training Readiness Center, the Holte/Graham joint venture currently is working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for flood control improvements in Breckenridge, Minn., valued at $3.1 million.

Graham Construction Services, Inc.,  is part of Graham Group Ltd., an industry-leading, employee-owned family of companies offering general contracting, project management, design-build and construction management services from 13 regional offices throughout North America. With more than 80 years of experience, Graham’s focus on its customers’ vision and its employees’ success helped the company earn its recognition on the “2010 List of the 50 Best Employers in Canada.”
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