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to complete the »W.G. Yates is on trackForces RetirementLEED silver-certified Armed Home in Gulfport, Miss., by July 2010. Institutional | W.G. YATES & SONS CONSTRUCTION: ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOME A Disaster’s Silver Lining W W.G. YATES AIMS FOR LEED SILVER CERTIFICATION ON AN ARMED FORCES RETIREMENT HOME IN MISSISSIPPI. hen Hurricane Katrina forced hundreds of veterans to evacuate the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH) in Gulfport, Miss., it might have been difficult for many to see the silver lining in the storm’s clouds. Although the residents had to relocate after the hurricane damaged the 11-story high-rise, the facility was demolished to make way for a new LEED silver-certified high-rise to house veterans. In September 2007, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) awarded the $188.8 million design/build contract to Biloxi, Miss.based W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Co. GSA was designated by Congress as the lead construction agency on behalf of the AFRH and the Department of Defense. Congress appropriated approximately $310 million for the demolition and reconstruction of the new facility. W.G. Yates & Sons Construction: Armed Forces Retirement Home www.wgyates.com • Project value: $310 million • Site: Gulfport. Miss. • Scope: Retirement home “[Our ability to] self-perform provides a level of expertise and value that is unmatched in the industry.” –W.G. Yates The home serves as a safe haven for enlisted military veterans, W.G. Yates says. The home’s regulation does not allow veterans to live at the facility with spouses unless those spouses meet specific qualifications. As a result, most of the veterans are elderly and live alone. Most residents have no family or support structure and depend totally on the home, according to the AFRH. The typical resident is a single Army veteran in his late 70s. More than half are older than 80. Additionally, about one out of every five residents is disabled. The design/build team consists of W.G. Yates, URS Corp. and SFCS Architecture. W.G. Yates is serving as the general contractor, URS is providing the design and engineering services and SFCS is serving as the lead architect. The design phase of the project took approximately one year, Yates notes. In December 2007, a contractor with the MaChis Lower Creek Indian Tribe of Samson, Ala., completed the demolition of the former facility. In March 2008, W.G. Yates commenced construction on the new facility. The main building consists of roughly 660,000 square feet to provide space for retirement living, independent living, assisted living and long-term care. CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM OCTOBER 2009
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Construction Today - October 2009
Regional Spotlight: Southwest
Ledcor Construction Hawaii LLC
C.H. GUERNSEY & Co.
First Gulf Development Corp.: Meadowvale Corporate Centre
Jacobsen Construction: Workers Compensation Fund Headquarters
Novak Construction Co.
Affordable Concepts Inc.
HBD Construction Inc.: Edwardsville Crossing
Ledcor Construction: Napa, Calif.
Mared Mechanical Contractors Corp.
Myers & Chapman Inc.
Summit Contractors Group Inc.
Wilcox Construction Inc.
Special Focus: Mergers & Acquisitions
Hensel Phelps: Phoenix Sky Harbor Intl. Airport Sky Train
Circle Construction LLC
Electrical Contractors Inc.
Everett, Wash., Department of Public Works
Imco General Construction Inc.: Arlington WWTP
New Prince Concrete Construction
R.N. Rouse & Co. Inc.
Stanek Constructors Inc.
Fort Lewis: New Barracks, Army Growth Complex and Support Battalion
Torcon Inc.: Brookhaven National Laboratory’s National Synchrotron Light Source II
Bovis Lend Lease: FBI Denver HQ
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
Bird Construction Co.: Shearwater Helicopter Base
Carbon Constructors Inc.
Consultants & Builders Inc.
Emerick Construction Co.: Rock Creek Middle School
Broadmoor/Boh Brothers Construction Co.: U.S. Coast Guard Integrated Support Command
Cahill Contractors Inc.: The Oakland Museum of California Phase 1
Flintco Inc.: Germantown Women & Children’s Pavilion
Gamma Construction Co.
Kreizenbeck Constructors: BSU Student Union
Pizzagalli Construction Co.: FAHC Radiation Oncology
Robins & Morton: Lincoln Hospital
Steele & Freeman Inc.
Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corp. (TNDC)
W.G. Yates & Sons Construction: Armed Forces Retirement Village
BBL Construction Services LLC: The Glen at Sugar Hill Apartments
Chelsea Investment Corp.
Affirmed Housing Group
Westland Construction Inc.: Bridges at Citifront
Product Showcase: Plumbing Equipment
Hunzinger Construction Co.: Johnson Controls Headquarters
B.L. Harbert International LLC: S.O.F. 5th Special Forces Battalion Operations Complex
Duke Construction: Monarch Beverage Co. Headquarters
Irish Construction Co.
TMU LLC (Triune)
Last Look: Consultants & Builders Inc.
Construction Today - October 2009