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Institutional | SWINERTON BUILDERS – WASHINGTON HOSPITAL A Healthy Plan H aving completed many large, highprofile and complex healthcare projects over the years, Swinerton Builders knew it had the capabilities to be a part of the construction projects at Washington Hospital in Fremont, Calif. But the plans for this structure were not simple, and the team knew going in that there would be a number of challenges along the way. It also knew delivering quality was paramount, for a number of reasons. “We are dedicated to quality on all of our projects, and it is extremely important for hospitals, but part of this project was to construct the Center for Joint Replacement, which is being built specifically for Dr. John Dearborn, the top doctor of this kind in the world,” explains Mike Harris, senior project manager. “He travels the world to show his technique and people come from all over the world to learn from him and be treated by him, so this is very visible work that we are doing.” Within Swinerton’s $115 million contract with Washington Hospital, there are five projects. The company is constructing: • A 37,000-square-foot central utility plant that will serve the hospital’s power and utility needs; • The 34,000-square foot Center for Joint Replacement, which will be a pre- and post-surgery bed facility; • A new loading dock; and • An 400-foot underground passageway between the central utility plant and the current hospital, which will house the utilities and all major piping, as well as be a way for employees to transport laundry to and from the hospital. The fifth project within the contract is to connect the utilities from the new central plant to the existing hospital, and then feed them to the locations of future phases of new construction. “During preconstruction, we spent a lot of time on the schedule to figure out how we would fit all of the projects in,” says Robert Axton, senior superintendent. “It was important that we got the phasing and timing set up before we got to the field. It required a lot of close coordination with the hospital because many of the completing five »Swinerton isits current contract projects for at Washington Hospital in Fremont, Calif. EXTENSIVE PLANNING AND BIM HAVE HELPED SWINERTON ON A COMPLEX PROJECT. BY STACI DAVIDSON systems we would be working with were within the existing hospital. So far, we’ve planned so well that there have only been very minimal disruptions to the schedule.” Pre-construction, which began in April 2008, also was used to work out a number of constructability issues. “We are building on an existing hospital campus that is 50 years old, so there were a lot of underground utilities that the hospital had forgotten about,” says Eric Davis, project manager. “We used hydrocutting – excavating with water and a Swinerton Builders www.swinerton.com • Budget: $115 million • Location: Fremont, Calif. • Workers on-site: 150 (max per day) • Scope: Construction of hospital utility plant and underground passageway “So far, we’ve planned so well that there have only been minimal disruptions.” –Robert Axton, senior superintendent CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM DECEMBER 2009
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Construction Today - December 2009
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Product Showcase: Hand Tools
F&R Construction Group Inc.
Suffolk Construction: Met 2
Weitz Co.: Solaris at Crossroads
Chance Construction Co.
Allied Building Products Corp.
Bird Construction Co. Inc.: Condado Vanderbilt Hotel
Broccolini Construction Inc.: EDC Headquarters
CJ Pink Ltd.
Cobra Corporate Management Inc.
DDRM: The St. Regis Deer Crest Resort
T.N. Ward Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
Blumenfeld Development Group & Forrest City Ratner – East River Plaza
Clark Construction: Michigan International Speedway
Morton Buildings Inc.
Triangle Associates Inc.: The Gallery on Fulton
Vogel Bros. Building Co.
Walsh Construction: Mercy Corps.
Wasatch Advantage Group: San Tropez
John W. Danforth Co.
Shore Environmental LLC
American Civil Constructors Inc.
Archer Western: I-75/I-475 Reconstruction
Cleland Site Prep Inc.
Delaware DOT: Indian River Inlet Bridge
Goodfellow Bros. Inc.
International Construction Equipment Inc.
Kiewit Pacific Co.: SR 519 – Seattle Intermodal Access Project
Plaza Construction Corp.
B. Gottardo Construction Ltd.
Bergmann Associates: Walkway Over The Hudson
Craig Olden Inc.
G.M. Sipes Construction Inc.
Idaho Sand & Gravel Co.: Ten- Mile Interchange
Malcom Drilling Co. Inc.
Mid Eastern Buildings Inc.: Southampton Wastewater Treatment Plant
Minnesota Department of Transportation: I35W Crosstown/ Urban Partnership
Nicholson Construction Co.
Papich Construction Co. Inc.: Route 46 Expansion Project
Tilcon New York Inc.: Interstate
Tyam Excavation and Shoring Ltd.
W.C. English Inc.: U.S. 321
West Electric Corp.
Turner Construction Co.: Eastern High School
Gafcon Inc.: Carlsbad High School Modernization Project
DASNY: Gouverneur Healthcare Services
Stuart Olson: University of Lethbridge Markin Hall
University of Houston Student Housing
HDR Architecture Inc.
Marshall-Lee Construction Corp.
RA-LIN & Associates
Suffolk Construction: Boston Renaissance Charter School
Suffolk Construction: FIU School of International and Public Affairs
Tower Construction: Huntington Memorial Hospital expansion
Absher Construction Co.: Chief Sealth High School and Denny International Middle School
Casey Middle School
Cedar Ridge High School
Clark: Lowell Reception Center
Gilbane/Banks Joint Venture: Coppin State University
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: FORSCOM/USARC New Headquarters
Shaw Construction: Mesa State College Student Center
Shiel Sexton: Butler University
SpawGlass Contractors Inc.: Austin Community College Rio Grande Campus Parking Garage
Stuart Olson: New Edmonton Remand Centre
The Christman Co.
Turner Construction Co
Weddle Construction Ltd.
Kite Realty Group Trust: Eddy Street Commons at NotreDame
Last Look: DANSY
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