Construction Notebook


September 7, 2012


Finishing touches being put on new Sharp building

Sharp Rees-Stealy is putting the finishing touches on San Diego's first LEED Gold-certified medical office building.

The three-story site in downtown San Diego at 300 Fir St. in Bakers Hill will feature 100 exam rooms, 36 physician offices, 20 administrative offices, and specialty and support rooms.

The $25 million project broke ground in February 2011 and is expected to wrap up in November.

Work is being performed by Rudolph & Sletton Inc.

Ledcor announces expansion

Ledcor Construction Inc. announced the further expansion of its construction operations in California through the formation of a new entity – Edge Construction LLC – which will be based in Temecula and operate as a member of The Ledcor Group of Companies.

EDGE will specialize in public works construction, with a specific emphasis on the education and office building sector.

EDGE brings together the brand strength of Ledcor and the education and public works building expertise of the personnel and principal of Edge Development Inc., who have over 20 years of experience in Southern California building over a billion dollars of successful projects in the education, public works and commercial building markets.

“EDGE will allow us to provide more advanced and diversified services to our clients as we continue to expand,” said David James, Ledcor's senior vice president - U.S. Mainland. “With a combined 34 years of construction experience in Southern California, we are well positioned to take on more projects and new challenges.”

The new company EDGE has already earned four projects:

- Jefferson Elementary School for the Lennox School District in Los Angeles;

- the Regional Learning Center for Riverside County Office of Education;

- the Merci Group Home, a home for developmentally disabled citizens, and;

- Construction Management Services for the Temecula Valley Unified School District.

Several additional projects are on the horizon.

NAVFAC awards a contract

In September 2010, Navy Facilities Engineering Command Southwest (NAVFAC) has awarded a contract with a total value of $451 million to the joint venture design-build team of Clark Construction Group LLC and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (CMJV) to build the 500,000-square-foot Replacement Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton that will replace the existing Naval Hospital.

Two years later, the CMJV and hospital team is 70 percent into the build, with more than $270 million worth of work in place.

The Replacement Naval Hospital project has been made possible through a collaborative effort between the Navy, hospital, and all contractor teams to achieve this milestone.

The joint venture team utilized the talents of HKS Architects Inc. for the fast-tracked, design-build project.

The Replacement Naval Hospital falls under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and represents the largest Recovery Act Project in the Navy, having a base contract value of $394 million and incorporating a planned modification for turnkey medical equipment valued at approximately $55 million. Completion is targeted for early 2014.

Cmdr. Whit H. Robinson, resident officer in charge of construction for the Replacement Naval Hospital.

The Replacement Naval Hospital is currently two months ahead of schedule and under budget.

Seventy percent of the subcontracts issued by Clark/McCarthy have gone to first-tier small businesses (more than $200 million worth out of a total of $320 million).

More than 50 percent issued specifically to Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Businesses add up to $160 million out of the total $320 million. These accomplishments are the contributions of the CMJV team.

“It is very exciting to be this far along only two years after the project was awarded, and to have a project that everyone is happy to be a part of,” said Carlos Gonzalez, project director for the Clark/McCarthy Joint Venture. “We feel fortunate and grateful to our specialty contractor partners, especially those who joined our team before we even submitted our proposal (Bergelectric, Monaco Mechanical, A.O. Reed, Murray, Pan-Pacific, Schuff, C&C and Tower Glass); they joined HKS and Clark/McCarthy on a truly expanded joint venture that will deliver a world-class hospital.”

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September 7, 2012