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Walls begin to rise at Community Memorial Hospital construction project

Ventura County Star
01/17/2013
By Tom Kisken

Photo by Juan Carlo, Ventura County Star

Juan Carlo/The Star Workers carry steel around the clock, making walls that are going to be filled with cement for the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura. The $273 million project began in August 2011 and is expected to be finished in 2015.

Some 17 months after underground and foundation work began on a $273 million hospital that is one of Ventura's biggest construction projects ever, work is beginning on the skeleton of the new Community Memorial Hospital.

On Thursday, workers began pouring concrete onto steel rebar to create 15-foot basement walls on what will be a six-story, 350,000-square-foot facility. The exterior work marks the second phase of a project that started in August 2011 and is scheduled for completion in March 2015.

"This is the work that people can say, 'Ah ha, there's a building coming up,' " said Adam Thunell, chief operating officer for Community Memorial Health System.

The new building, driven in part by California's changing seismic standards for hospitals, will fill the construction site behind the existing hospital on Brent Street. The old building, erected in the 1960s, will remain, with officials saying the exact uses are still being planned. All patient care will be in the new facility.

The project is being financed through tax-exempt bonds issued with the help of the city of Ventura. The new facility has been labeled by city leaders as a catalyst for revitalizing midtown.

"This new hospital facility is a big deal for Ventura," said Mayor Mike Tracy, noting that Community Memorial and nearby Ventura County Medical Center are important parts of the local economy. "We're hoping it will keep the jobs that are currently here and we're hoping it will grow the medical sector."

The first phase of construction focused on foundation work, replacing the 40-foot-deep bed of soil under the new building. Now workers will focus on the building's skeleton before spending most of 2014 and 2015 on the new hospital's innards and landscaping.

"It's a three-and-a-half-year deal, which is actually pretty common," Thunell said.

Photo by Juan Carlo, Ventura County Star

The first wall was poured Thursday for a new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura.

Photo by Juan Carlo, Ventura County Star

The $273 million Community Memorial Hospital project in Ventura began in August 2011 and is expected to be finished in 2015.

Photo by Juan Carlo, Ventura County Star

After underground and foundation work, the next phase or construction has begun for the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura.

Photo by Juan Carlo, Ventura County Star

A construction worker walks past the first wall poured Thursday for a new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura.

Photo by Juan Carlo, Ventura County Star

Workers carry steel around the clock, making walls to be filled with cement for the new Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura.

 

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