What a Difference a Year Makes!

Posted on Jun 20, 2011

A year ago on May 19, the City of Oakland gave us the OK to start rebuilding our campus, ensuring that we can meet the needs of our patients and employees with a seismically safe environment and a new parking garage that will make access easier for all. Demolition began on August 19, 2010.

Giant construction chomper tearing down Bechtel Hall

Much has happened in the last 12 months. We’ve redirected traffic, demolished buildings, held a ground breaking ceremony, fed elephants, dug pits into the earth, watched equipment and cranes come and go, placed about 1,963 pilings (ranging from 35 – 85 feet deep), poured concrete and are now preparing for the next phases in these two important projects.

View Photos Highlighting the First Year

During the next three months:

•You will see even more excavation at the pavilion site to make way to receive reinforcing steel and concrete as part of the Patient Care Pavilion’s foundation.
•Concrete trucks will deliver and pour foundations and walls for the garage and pavilion.
•And, in late July crews will position a 259-foot tower crane where the pavilion will be built to assist in completion of the foundation and begin construction of the structural steel for the 11-floor new building (with two additional floors below ground).
•Structural steel will begin in October.
•We will also install a new traffic light at the intersection of Telegraph and Hawthorne avenues.

The new seven-level parking structure will provide 1,080 parking stalls. Excavation, shoring walls and piers into the earth are complete, the foundation now has about 3,500 yards of concrete poured, with another 5,000 yards remaining. The tall, visible rebar cages are for the columns that will support the garage structure. Completion date for the parking structure is expected in 2012 and the Patient Care Pavilion will be finished in 2014.

Thank you to the hundreds of construction workers with DPR Construction and C. Overaa & Co., the Alta Bates Summit staff and Sutter Health representatives who have worked so hard to get us through this year. The best is yet to come!

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