Thursday, June 17, 2010

CDCR Breaks Ground on Second AB 900 Construction Project

June 17, 2010

Paul Verke
(916) 445-4950

California Institution for Women in Chino to Receive a 45-Bed Acute/Intermediate Care Mental Health Facility

CHINO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) broke ground on its second mental health facility this week. The project, a 45-bed acute/intermediate care mental health facility serving female inmates at California Institution for Women in Chino (CIW) was authorized by Assembly Bill 900.

“We are very pleased to begin construction of our second AB 900 project this week,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate, referring to the CIW project and a 64-bed project that broke ground Tuesday at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville. “Through these efforts, and the approval by the State Public Works Board this week to build three more prison health facilities, CDCR is demonstrating its commitment to meeting court mandates in improving health care services and alleviating overcrowding in our prisons.”

The stand-alone facility totaling 53,000 square feet in size will include housing, treatment, support and administrative services that will help mitigate CDCR’s unmet licensed mental health bed deficiencies for inmate patients as part of the Coleman vs. Schwarzenegger class action lawsuit. The project, expected to be completed in December 2011, will also add two new guard towers and 180 parking spaces for new staff. The facility will be staffed by employees of the California Department of Mental Health and operated by CDCR upon completion.

“These projects will provide significant economic stimulus for California and for their respective communities at a time when the state desperately needs new employment opportunities,” said Chris Meyer, Senior Chief, Facility Planning, Construction and Management for CDCR.

Both projects are expected to obtain a Silver certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for new construction rating system pursuant to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Executive Order #S-20-04. A LEED Silver rating promotes occupant well being and lessens the building’s environmental impacts.

CDCR awarded the project to Soltek Pacific Construction of San Diego after a competitive process involving 18 construction firms. Soltek Pacific Construction will be joining other participants on the project team including staff from CDCR, consultants Kitchell CEM, Gilbane Building Company and Nacht & Lewis Architects among other sub-consultants.

Construction Quick Facts:
Firm: Soltek Pacific Construction, San Diego
Total Project Costs: $ 33,763,000
Fund Source: AB 900 (GC 15819.40)
Construction timeline: June 2010 start, December 2011 completion
Contract #: FAC.09018

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