Hospital Expansion in Central California

Visalia, California, serves as the county seat for Tulare County, the heart of the California Central Valley and the number one agricultural-producing county in the nation.  Once a creekside settlement, Visalia experienced tremendous growth in the late twentieth century and continues to grow—in population, diversity and sophistication.

To serve the increasing population of Visalia and the surrounding areas, the city’s only hospital needed to expand.  Kicking off its 40th year in operation, Kaweah Delta Hospital is underwent a $98-million expansion to add 230,000-s.f. of emergency, cardiac and maternity space.

General contractor Hensel Phelps headed up Phase I, which includes a new six-story tower and basement that connect to the main facility.  The new building now houses administration and expanded services for Kaweah Delta’s nationally-recognized cardiac program.

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“Do Not Disturb” During Construction

Bergelectric was faced with the challenge of tying the new electrical installation into the existing hospital without interrupting services.  Bergelectric needed to ensure that they maintained accessibility to the existing ER entrance.  They took special precautions to relocate the existing utilities—which were in the middle of the path of construction.

The project was designed by Quad Knopf, a Visalia-based firm with expertise encompassing the disciplines of civil and structural engineering, land use, environmental planning, biology and architecture.

Size
250,000  Square Feet

Electrical Construction Cost
$11.8 Million

Duration
December 2005 – September 2009

Delivery Method
Design-Bid-Build

Other Team Members
Hensel Phelps Construction
Quad Knopf Architects
Manzetti & Associates Engineers

Berg Regional Office
San Diego

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