Five JVs competing for $650 million Albany public health lab project

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Five joint ventures including 10 well-known construction firms have expressed interest in building the state Department of Health’s new $650 million Wadsworth Center, the state’s public health lab, in Albany.

Dormitory Authority of the State of New York (DASNY) says the interested joint ventures are:

  • Aecom Tishman/Skanska USA;
  • Gilbane Building/Turner Construction;
  • The Pike Cos./McCarthy Building Cos.;
  • Walsh Group/Consigli Construction;
  • and Suffolk Construction/McKissack & McKissack.

DASNY, which is overseeing the project for the Department of Health, is expected to narrow the list to three or four that would be given the opportunity to respond to an official request for proposals that is scheduled to be issued Sept. 24, the Albany Times Union reports. The RFP responses are due on Jan. 15.

State officials are still deciding on where to locate the center, which is currently split into several locations in the Albany area.

“The state is continuing to evaluate potential sites for the project and is in active procurement,” the newspaper has quoted DOH spokeswoman Jill Montag as saying.

Final decisions will need to be ratified by the the Public Authorities Control Board.

The two sites believed to be in contention are the Harriman State Office Campus in Albany and the University at Albany’s Health Sciences Campus across the Hudson River in East Greenbush, Rensselaer County.

The Times Union reports that one of the construction firms interested in the Wadsworth project, Consigli Construction, is already building a major UAlbany project at Harriman, the $180 million Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurship Complex.

Consigli, which has an office in Albany, is looking to pair with the Walsh Group in Chicago on the Wadsworth Center project.

A joint venture between Walsh and Consigli is currently overseeing the $545 million expansion at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, the published report says.

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