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CDCR Breaks Ground on First AB 900 Construction Project

June 15, 2010

Gordon Hinkle / Paul Verke
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Awards Mental Health Facility Construction Contract to Brown Construction, Inc. of West Sacramento

VACAVILLE –The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) today broke ground on its first AB 900 construction project, a 64-bed intermediate care mental health facility at California Medical Facility (CMF) in Vacaville.

“We are very pleased to announce the construction of this mental health facility, the first of our AB 900 funded construction projects,” said CDCR Secretary Matthew Cate. “Through this important project, CDCR will be able to provide appropriate care for inmates needing intermediate care services and help satisfy court orders to provide increased mental health care to inmates.”

The new, stand alone facility will include housing, treatment, support and administrative services that will help mitigate the state’s unmet licensed mental health bed deficiencies for inmates as part of the Coleman vs. Schwarzenegger class action lawsuit.

Construction is expected to be completed in August 2011 and be fully activated by the end of 2011. Funding for the $33.7 million project was authorized with the passage of the historic AB 900 legislation, which dedicates bond funding authority for a variety of prison construction projects.

CDCR awarded the CMF project to Brown Construction Inc. of West Sacramento after a competitive bidding process involving 19 construction firms. Brown Construction will be joining other participants on the project team including staff from CDCR, consultants Kitchell CEM and Nacht & Lewis Architects among other sub-consultants.

The project also includes extending the existing electrified fence to encompass the new 44,000 square foot facility and adds two guard towers and 198 parking spaces for new staff.

The project is expected to obtain a Silver certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for new construction rating system pursuant to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Executive Order #S-20-04. A LEED Silver rating, which is difficult to obtain in a correctional setting, promotes occupant well-being and lessens the structure’s environmental impacts.

The CMF project is the first of many AB 900 construction projects currently being developed by CDCR. It will be staffed and operated by employees of the California Department of Mental Health and CDCR.

Construction Quick Facts:

Firm: Brown Construction Incorporated, of West Sacramento
Total Project Cost: $33,671,000
Fund Source: AB 900 (GC 15819.40/Bond Funding)
Construction timeline: June 2010 start, Aug. 2011 completion
Facility Activation: December 2011
Contract #: FAC.09014

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