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Swinerton Builders: September 07, 2015

Walls Rise on $58M Vacaville ‘Wellness’ Center

The first of 57 concrete panels that will form the exterior walls of the VacaValley Wellness Center in Vacaville were tilted up by a massive crane last week.

“Today’s a big day for NorthBay, because after three and a half years of planning, the walls are finally going up,” said Gary Passama, president and CEO of NorthBay Healthcare (northbay.org), after visiting the site the first day of wall-raising from Aug. 31 through Sept. 4.

Set to open in mid-2016, the 110,000-square-foot building is located at 4020 Nut Tree Rd. on the campus of NorthBay VacaValley Hospital. The facility will feature a medical fitness center and become the new home of the NorthBay Cancer Center, which is currently located in Fairfield. The three-story medical office building will also include an outpatient diagnostic imaging center, diabetes and endocrinology, orthopedics, rehabilitation services and cardiac rehabilitation.

The project, estimated to cost $58 million, has involved coordination of more than 50 people, including architects, builder, utilities, Federal Aviation Administration, crane operator, Vacaville city, fire and police officials, and NorthBay Healthcare’s project-management team.

Tilting up these panels could only be accomplished with a special 26-foot-wide, 210-foot-tall crane that moves on tank-like tracks and can lift up to 450 tons, according to John Pellerin, project superintendent with Swinerton Builders, general contractor for the project.

There are only two of these massive cranes available on the West Coast, Pellerin noted, and timing the construction calendar to the crane’s availability was critical.

“If we missed that date, we would have to wait as many as eight weeks for it to be available again,” he said.

It took more than 10 big-rig truck loads to deliver all the crane’s parts to the jobsite Aug. 28. It was assembled on site and after all safety checks and inspections were completed, it began lifting the following Monday morning.

The panels are unique in that they are three stories tall (42 feet) and 1 foot thick, Pellerin said.

“Two-story tiltup panels are usually from 8 to 10 inches thick,” he said. “Having that much more concrete and rebar in each panel makes them much heavier and more challenging to lift.”

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