Sunday, 1 July 2012
'Right on schedule' Massive prison medical facility pushes toward July 2013 opening
STOCKTON - With the first inmate patient due to arrive at the California Health Care Facility in a little more than a year, construction at the sprawling prison/medical center in southeast Stockton is fast approaching its expected peak.
About 1,100 laborers work at the site seven days a week.
They are moving earth, setting foundations, erecting steel-framed buildings, putting up fences, building guard towers and installing doors. They're taking care of the plumbing, wiring and roofing. They're pouring cement and doing more, much more.
The already rapid pace should pick up throughout the summer, topping out with 1,700 craft workers on site.
The massive project to construct 1.2 million square feet of building space on 400 acres at Austin and Arch roads is proceeding as expected, said Mike Meredith, project manager for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
"We're right on schedule," he said, noting that major aspects of the work, including the steel fabrication and casting of concrete wall panels, are all hitting the mark.
"We know exactly where we are at with those," he said. And, Meredith added, "There haven't been any budget issues."
Not to say it's been easy.
"At every minute of the day, we've got to stay on top of it."
Of the two major contracts now being executed, the $129 million package handled by the Granite/Hensel-Phelps joint venture is about 50 percent complete. That work includes grading, underground work, a lethal electric fence and most features outside the fence, including the administration building, central plant, supply warehouse, armory and parking.
The centerpiece $512 million contract, awarded to the Clark/McCarthy partnership, involves the main prison buildings. It includes inmate patient housing, central medical-treatment facilities and a central kitchen. That work is about one-third complete.