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Institutional | CAHILL CONTRACTORS INC. – THE OAKLAND MUSEUM OF CALIFORNIA PHASE 1 Intricate Goal S an Francisco-based Cahill Contractors Inc. has an extensive history with building community centers and renovating historic buildings. Its experience with both of these made it the natural choice for the renovation of the 59,000-squarefoot Oakland Museum of California, a threepart endeavor that entails renovating its art and history galleries, upgrading its ADA access, building new metal canopies with skylights, building two gallery extensions, expanding the mechanical system and replacing the emergency generator, among other work. Cahill began work on this project in June 2008 and wrapped up the first phase in May 2009. The first phase of renovation is receiving LEED silver certification for its sustainable features, which include daylighting, alternative transportation parking, efficient lighting systems, waste recycling, enhanced commissioning, VOC paints, renewable resources and forest stewardship council-certified woods. Cahill finished work on the $12.6 million phase ahead of schedule, despite the sophisticated demands that come with renovating a historic building. “We’re all very, very tuned in to the significance of the building and the design,” Senior Project Manager Paul Pedtke says. “What we’re doing does require a lot of detail, planning and analysis, and that’s what makes it fun.” This included the detailed process of coordinating steel framing with special coated metal panels and the structural glass skylights on the exterior corridor walkways, as well as a lot of other subtle coordination, Pedtke says. “We turned two former exterior courtyards into interior space for special galleries, and it was very interesting because we had to phase the work to coordinate street closures, crane swings and very tight confines to install the components of the structure,” he explains. “The new work had to be well-coordinated, with a lot of subtle architectural detailing that worked well with the existing exposed concrete structure and its massing.” Cahill also used materials that required a high level of skill to put in place. This included special polished concrete flooring, acoustical plaster, exposed conduit and suspended track lighting in the galleries – due to the existing exposed concrete finish on the interior – that was perfectly located and installed as a system. Fortunately, the process of inputting such complicated materials was right up Cahill’s alley, Pedtke says. “We like the intricate projects that require preplanning, scheduling and, as necessary, value-engineering and cost optioning in the preconstruction phase,” Pedtke explains. He says Cahill is good at what it does because it knows how to listen. “We really cherish the needs of the owner CAHILL PUT ITS PREPLANNING EXPERIENCE TO THE TEST, WITH POSITIVE RESULTS. BY GENEVIEVE DIESING Sustainable Building Cahill Contractors’ completed sustainable building projects include: • Folsom/Dore Apartments in San Francisco is a LEED silver new construction building. “Cahill has been instrumental in obtaining this certification,” the company says. • Arnett Watson Apartments in San Francisco has been certified by the Green Communities. • Tassafaronga Village in Oakland, Calif., is a LEED neighborhood development gold plan. • The accreditation of the New Upper School at Head Royce School in Oakland is pending to become a LEED gold new construction-rated building. This project received a 2009 California Wood Design Award, Special Recognition in Green Building Category. • The David Brower Center in Berkeley, Calif., is pending LEED platinum new construction certification. This project received the 2008 Green Environmental Award from the American Concrete Institute. • Build It Green certification is pending for the Fireside Apartments in Mill Valley and Oxford Plaza in Berkeley. • Bishop Swing Community House in San Francisco is expected to be certified as a LEED For Homes (pilot program) and Green Communities building. • Cahill completed photovoltaic installation at Folsom/Dore Apartments and at Mission Creek Senior Housing in San Francisco and at Lion Creek Crossings in Oakland. • 2005 Award of Excellence – Green Roof was awarded to Cahill from the Environmental Building News for its North Beach Housing project in San Francisco. • Working with Leddy Maytum Stacy Architects on the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, Cahill utilized many sustainable building materials. The project has received the 2005 Preservation Design Award by the CA Preservation Foundation. Cahill is renovating the 59,000-square-foot Oakland Museum of California. « 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