SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION Wagman Heavy Civil installs micropiles on the Route 7 design-build project for VDOT at Tysons, Va. Micropiles provide numerous benefits beyond conventional driven pile and/or drilled shafts, as they can be installed in difficult environments where there is varying geology or limited overhead or horizontal clearance. PHOTO: COURTESY OF WAGMAN Spotlight on Virginia Projects Innovation Abounds in Virginia’s Growing Construction Market Construction volume is not the only thing on the rise in Virginia ; both public and private projects are also being planned, designed, procured and constructed using innovative methods. Mega projects are either already underway or about to begin across the state in numerous markets, including energy, health care, government services, highways, transit and other mutli-modal transportation networks, says Greg Andricos, president and COO, Wagman Heavy Civil. “Historically, the Commonwealth of Virginia has been a somewhat steady, cyclical market without severe dips or surges, which has allowed for a more comfortable climb as the economy comes back from the Recession,” adds Greg Peele, EVP/general manager of Skanska USA Building’s Virginia and North Carolina operations. “We saw a slight slowdown that has already grown in 2016, and we see a surge coming in 2017.” Most notably, the state budget is bringing higher education projects throughout the Commonwealth, along with a tremendous increase in enr.com/MidAtlantic/SpecialAd health care. “The Recession caused these markets to dip, but now with improving economic conditions and a rise in population throughout the Commonwealth, these health-care institutions have chosen to expand their campuses,” Peele says. Skanska is providing construction management at risk services for the demolition of an existing 162,000-sq-ft, six-story masonry building and the construction of a new six-story, 150,000-sq-ft academic building for behavioral and health sciences at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va. Scheduled to open this fall, the new facility will host nursing, communication sciences and disorders, social work, health sciences and creative services departments. Skanska recently completed the $143-million Children’s Pavilion on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Meanwhile, multibillion-dollar infrastructure improvements will continue in both the Hampton Roads and Northern Virginia Metropolitan Regions. While the Virginia Dept. of Transportation (VDOT) will continue to procure selective projects under the Public Private Transportation Act (PPTA), such as the $2.1-billion I-66 Express Tolls Lanes Project, it expects to increase the volume of projects procured via design-build. “VDOT already uses several different methods for design-build, and future procurement innovations may include progressive design-build and design-build with alternate technical concepts,” says David W. Lyle, vice president, design-build/ major pursuits, Wagman’s Virginia operations. VDOT is joining other DOTs in the Mid-Atlantic, including PennDOT and Maryland DOT, in the use of micropiles as bridge foundations on conventional design-bid-build projects. Micropiles have long been used in the private market for residential, educational and medical facilities inclusive of hospitals across the Mid-Atlantic. VDOT previously developed specifications for the design, installation and testing of micropiles for use on design-build and PPTA projects only. ■ August 22/29, 2016 | V1 Opinions expressed are those of the advertisers.