Coalinga State Hospital
Coalinga, CA

Project Overview

Vanir provided project and construction management services using a traditional design-bid-build method for the new Coalinga State Hospital. The project was the single largest general building construction contract awarded by the State of California at the time and is widely considered to be the most successful project undertaken by the State's Project Management Branch of the Department of General Services Real Estate Services Division.

The Acute Care Psychiatric Hospital houses repeat sexual offenders who have been committed for health treatment under California's Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) law. The facility provides housing and treatment for 1,500 patients and employs approximately 2,000 staff members.

Overcoming Stigma

No community wanted this facility in their 'backyard,' and as a result, the architectural team needed to create a design that could be built on any site until the permanent location was decided. The Vanir team also assisted with an extensive public relations campaign aimed at educating community members about the benefits of such a facility.

Effective Cost Control

As a result of Vanir's change order management through monitoring daily work activities and verifying all material invoices, the change order savings to the owner was approximately $3 million dollars.

CLIENT:
State of California, Department of Mental Health
ARCHITECT:
Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz
CONTRACTORS:
A.J. Diani construction Co., Inc.
Hensel Phelps Construction Company
Steton Construction Group
All-States Construction Incorporated
SQUARE FOOTAGE:
1,200,000 sq ft.
CONSTRUCTION COST:
$314 million
COMPLETION:
November 2005

Last change: 04/15/2010