Drywall Installation to Begin Inside New Women’s and Children’s Center
Even while Sacramento is experiencing near-freezing temperatures, things inside the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center are really heating up … literally.
That’s because the first four floors are completely enclosed and “dried in,” keeping the cold weather out, and temporary heating will be turned on by the end of the year. This will allow construction crews to begin sheetrocking the walls and ceilings, said Pam Brink, Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento’s senior project manager on the Women’s and Children’s Center construction.
Over the past few months, the new hospital has been transformed. No longer is it just a steel structure, but most of the windows and outside walls are up, although the final exterior “skin” still needs to be installed. Inside the building, outside of public view, framing for the walls has continued as well as utility installation such as fire sprinklers, plumbing and electricity inside the walls and ceilings.
Meanwhile, the three-story spanning structure, which was slated to be completed by the end of this year, needed some changes requiring approval by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, which oversees hospital construction in California. That has delayed the reopening of L Street until April 2012.
The bridge over 28th Street connecting Sutter Capitol Pavilion and the Sutter Cancer Center/Buhler Building will begin after the spanning structure is complete and L Street is reopened to traffic. To facilitate that bridge’s construction, a portion of 28th Street will be closed for a few months.
Another bridge, which will connect the South Parking Lot under the freeway to the Anderson Lucchetti Women’s and Children’s Center, will begin construction by late 2012. That bridge over 29th Street will not require a lengthy street closure, although Brink says there may be some rerouting of traffic on weekends. That bridge, which has an open-air design with a roof and screening on the sides, will be constructed off-site and installed in large sections.