Revel Casino / Atlantic City

Now more than half-finished, the $2 billion Revel Entertainment Group casino is rising at a rate of one story every four days. The 1,900-room hotel tower is at the 44th floor and will top off at 47 stories, becoming the tallest building in Atlantic City's skyline. The casino's distinctive curvy facade is taking shape on the Boardwalk. Construction is nearly done on the massive 7,800-space parking garage. The grand opening of the city's first new casino since 2003 is scheduled for sometime in 2011, about a year later than originally planned because of funding shortages created by the global credit crisis. In the meantime, Revel is building only the exterior parts of the project to stretch out the cash it has on hand. It plans to secure the rest of the financing late this year to resume work on the interior.

Pleasantville Urban Enterprise Zone

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The Pleasantville Business Center is an 83,000-square-foot office and warehouse building on Route 9 at the Pleasantville-Northfield boundary, and its construction is about 20 percent complete, said Jake Simons, a partner at J&M Land Co.

However, progress has stalled while prospective tenants are pursued, Simons said: "We haven't gotten any people interested in going into the facility."

The building is among the largest commercial buildings under construction in Pleasantville, said Roger Tees, executive director of the city's Urban Enterprise Zone.

Cedar Creek High School / Egg Harbor City

The Greater Egg Harbor Regional High School District's new $81.7 million Cedar Creek High School in Egg Harbor City is on schedule for its planned Sept. 2010 opening.

Superintendent Adam C. Pfeffer said construction crews are averaging about 7,000 blocks a day, that the duct work has already began and that the windows and preliminary paving should start being installed this week.

Sewer lines are currently being installed up the roadway at the entrance to the school, Pfeffer said, and gas lines were scheduled to start being installed on Monday.

Final grading and top soil installation on the athletic fields are scheduled to be underway within a month, he said.

Pfeffer said the school should be fully enclosed by October.

Egg Harbor City Community School

The new $15.2 million Egg Harbor City Community School is barely out of the ground, but the district's business administrator Joe Smurlo said the rainy spring has not prevented the project from staying on schedule for its planned September 2010 opening.

Smurlo said the entire foundation is laid up to ground level and that the slab was scheduled to be laid within the few weeks.

"The weather has slowed things down, but they built in a contingency for that," Smurlo said. "Once they get the slab laid and are able to work inside, the contractor will be able to double the amount of workers to get caught up."

Expressway interchange / Egg Harbor City

Work on an $8 million project to build a new, full interchange at Route 50 and the Atlantic City Expressway in Hamilton Township is running ahead of schedule. Work crews are moving earth and installing drainage systems for the new ramps. Foundation work will also begin soon for the widening of the expressway bridge over Route 50. Some paving will also begin in the fall.

Route 52 Causeway between Ocean City & Somers Point

Construction continues on the Route 52 causeway linking Ocean City and Somers Point.

The state last month awarded the second half of construction to a partnership between R.E. Pierson Construction Co. and G.A. & F.C. Wagman for a low bid of $251 million.

The state is using $70 million in federal stimulus money to pay for the project. The second phase of construction calls for replacing the two steel drawbridges with twin fixed spans, replacing the Somers Point traffic circle and building a new Ocean City Welcome Center.

Ocean County Jail / Toms River

A crane arrived at the Hooper Avenue site this past week to start installing the prefabricated cells for the county's jail expansion.

The cells will be trucked in seven to 10 times a day from now through November, closing Courthouse Lane and possibly disturbing traffic in the downtown area, although the county is working with the town and other officials to minimize the effects.

"The work is being scheduled at times that will be least disruptive to traffic," said Freeholder John "Jack" P. Kelly in a recent statement.

The county awarded the $15,150,000 contract for the cells to be built in 2008, prior to ground being broken on the actual jail site later that year. The jail expansion work cost $36,690,000.

The additional cells will allow for 400 additional beds, increasing the jail's capacity to 680.

Once the new cells are installed the expansion will look complete from the exterior, officials said, although work will continue on the interior for several months afterward.

Work on installing the cells will continue through December, while the project is expected to be complete by late 2010.

Garden State Parkway widening / Ocean County

Adding a third lane in each direction from Exit 80 to Exit 30 on the Garden State Parkway will require lane shifts at some parts of the highway for at least the next six years.

In the next two years, while the road between mileposts 80 and 63 is widened, shoulder widths will be reduced while crews add asphalt and trim trees along the side. Lanes will be shifted as well, with speed limits reduced.

Barnegat interchange

With the town's first southbound entrance onto the Parkway recently opened, the next big change for motorists in the project will be traffic shifting along the West Bay Avenue bridge.

The temporary shift will eliminate the ability to make a left onto the northbound entrance of the parkway while heading east on the bridge. It will require a detour sending drivers down Gunning River Road, onto Route 9 northbound, and then back westbound on West Bay Avenue to make a right onto the entrance.

The detour is about 4.5 miles, and Township Administrator David Breeden said the town is working with the Turnpike Authority to devise a more convenient route.

Vineland projects

Redevelopment of the Landis Theater is underway and expected to reach completion in December.

Developer Hans Lampart said contractors are on target to wrap reconstruction of the theater in December, with a grand opening set for March. Negotiations are underway with Lou Ferretti, owner of the Centerton Country Club, to open a restaurant and banquet hall called the Landis Steakhouse in part of the building housing the theater.

The theater is the cornerstone of the Four Corners project at Landis and East avenues, which calls for redevelopment at all four corners of East and Landis avenues in downtown Vineland. Lampart has focused on the theater first. Negotiations have bogged down with the owner of the Landis Hotel, a place more commonly used as a rooming house than a standard hotel.

The other two corners are home to Sacred Heart High School and a vacant gas station. The gas station has groundwater contamination and may need an environmental cleanup, while the high school is due for an expansion.

Shore Memorial Hospital

Work continues on a $125 million expansion of Shore Memorial Hospital. The 135,000-square-foot "surgical arts pavilion" will include 11 operating rooms, a post-anesthesia care unit and a cardiovascular institute. The project also includes a six-level parking garage. The anticipated January 2011 completion date is contingent on the hospital securing the final portion of financing.

Buena Middle School

Daily construction works continues on the new Buena middle school, and district officials expect the project to be completed by its original January 2010 deadline. Structural work is still being completed on the still unnamed school and is nearly finished. Interior work has gone on since the school's roof was erected a couple of months ago and in some rooms the final product looks to be near. Despite minor construction setbacks as a result of June's consistent rainfall, the district does not anticipate any delay in the project.

Atlantic County Institute of Technology

The first phase of the $40 million Atlantic County Institute of Technology expansion project is underway, with work including wall demolition and site preparation for where the school's three existing buildings will be linked as part of the new and enlarged facility. Electrical and mechanical work is also underway, and some laboratories are being updated. Contracts for the second phase, which includes most of the new construction, could be awarded next month. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2011.

Campus Center at Richard Stockton College

Construction began more than a year ago on a 150,000-square-foot Campus Center at Richard Stockton College in Galloway Township. The $65 million facility will provide a dining hall, theater, offices and meeting rooms for the 7,000-person-and-growing student body, which is footing the bills paying back the money borrowed to make it possible. The project, scheduled for completion in 2011, is one of several within a $150 million campus wide expansion that also includes $53 million worth of upgrades to student housing and parking upgrades as well as renovations to the Alton Auditorium and Holocaust Resource Center.

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