The Chandler, Ariz., facility contains 133,000 square feet of Class 1 "clean-room" space out of a total square footage of 360,000. Hoffman General Contracting took the lead on the wafer-fabrication microprocessor plant.
As the recession takes its toll on private-sector contracts, builders in North Carolina are focusing on medical facilities and public institutions, such as schools. Recent bond referendums are expected to pump $3.1 billion into projects.
Corporations across the U.S. say they hope President Bush's State of the Union address will provide some relief from asbestos liabilities. According to some estimates, 40% of the companies in the Dow Jones industrial average may be liable for asbestos claims.