Construction Notebook


August 31, 2012


Ground broken for Ramona health clinic

C.W. Driver has broken ground on Palomar Health's new $4.5 million satellite clinic, the Ramona Ambulatory Care Center in Ramona.

Designed by San Diego-based Mascari Warner Architects, the 7,600-square-foot, single-story outpatient medical clinic built on approximately an acre of land will expand the healthcare services for the Ramona community.

Located at 13th and Main streets, the new clinic, which will be co-owned by Palomar Health and developer Pacific Medical Buildings, will welcome Arch Health Partners, an affiliated physician organization of Palomar Health, as its exclusive tenant when construction is complete in January 2013.

The new facility will feature a cement plaster exterior along with high ceilings that include the use of exposed beams in the building's lobby.

With a total of three acres available near the clinic's site, Palomar Health officials say they have the room for future expansion.

C.W. Driver, a builder serving the Western United States since 1919, specializes in general contracting and construction management services.

The company has offices in Los Angeles, Irvine, Ontario, Anaheim, San Diego and San Mateo.

The Ramona Ambulatory Care Center joins a number of C.W. Driver-built medical office buildings including the 75,000-square-foot east campus office building on the University of California, San Diego campus, which opened in the fall of 2011 and tenant improvement work for an existing 15,500-square-foot medical office building for Kaiser Permanente in Indio.

San Diego-based Pacific Medical Buildings (PMB) is an integrated healthcare real estate partner of health systems, hospitals, medical groups and universities.

The firm currently owns and manages 48 facilities totaling approximately 3.25 million square feet and currently has five projects under development that total 650,000 square feet.

Humanities building topped out at Grossmont High

Grossmont Union High School has topped out the humanities building under construction.

The 35,000-square-foot humanities classroom building is the largest classroom project in the Proposition U construction program passed by voters 2008.

The two-story building is replacing eight outdated facilities and upon completion will house 31 new state-of-the-art classrooms.

The construction of the building also includes the creation of a new portal to the campus with a freestanding elevator and stair tower.

The project team is also constructing six post tension concrete tennis courts and a Career Technical Education (CTE) facility for automotive technology.

The project team includes program manager Gafcon, Inc., construction manager Turner Construction, contractor Riha Construction, architect LPA Inc., and steel contractor Golden Gate Iron Inc.


August 31, 2012