Mission of "Mercy" for heart, cancer patients
"It's a real privilege to be working on a building like this," says Jeff "The Legend" Foster, a member of Local 1599 in Redding. "I mean that's what it's all about, right?"
As part of the crew working on the new $50 million Alex G. Spanos Heart Center at Mercy Hospital in Sacramento, Foster could easily be speaking for everyone at the site.
The centerpiece of the project is the Alex G. Spanos Heart and Vascular Center, a 121,130-sq.-ft., four-story building that will enhance Mercy General's cardiac and heart program. The center will house 91 beds, with state-of-the-art buckling-restrained braced frames supported on concrete, augered cast-in-place piles.
The new building design features craftsman-style architecture with brick exterior skin and cultured stone accents. Additional elements include a unique indoor garden and interior features designed to promote a healing atmosphere, including extensive use of natural lighting and features to reduce noise and enhance patient safety.
The general contractor is DPR. Among the larger subcontractors are DPR Drywall, which is framing and hanging the interior walls, and J&J Acoustics, which is framing the exterior walls and doing the lath and plaster work.
A few short blocks away, another crew of carpenters, lathers and drywallers are creating a new Mercy Hospital Cancer and Oncology Center in the 90-year-old American Can Company complex, a brick and wood-frame structure dating back to the 1920s.
"We gutted it, demolished the whole side of the building, and now we're in the process of framing the interior walls," says general foreman Reggie Burkhed, of WF Hayward and Local 9109. It's really interesting work because nothing in the old structure is "true," says Burkhed. "You work with what you've got!"
HMH is the general contractor, with the metal studs and drywall construction led by W.F. Hayward, out of Placerville. Peck & Hiller, the structural concrete subcontractor on the project, is building a state-of-the-art radiation vault with 4' to 8' thick concrete walls and a 6' thick ceiling.
The facility will provide the latest technology and all cancer-related outpatient services in a single convenient location. The Mercy Imaging Center will offer a complete range of imaging services, including MRI, PET/CT and women's imaging. Mercy is investing more than $20 million to develop this center, on track to open for patient care in late 2011.