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790 De Long Ave. and 900 Reichert Ave., Novato; www.millworksnovato.com

Owner: Downtown Novato Investors, a partnership between San Francisco-based Pacific Coast Capital Partners and Signature Properties of Pleasanton

Developer: Signature Properties

Description: Six-story, mixed-use development on nearly three acres with 124 residences ranging in size from 709-square-foot one-bedroom flats to 1,945-square-foot three-bedroom and den townhomes in a four-story structure around and above a 39,000-square-foot street-level Whole Foods Market store

Completion: residences – May 2009; store – April 2010

Contractors: general – Signature Properties; electrical – Royal Electric, Sacramento; plumbing – CJS Plumbing; framing – Etter and Sons Construction, Pleasanton; concrete – RJS & Associates, Hayward

Architecture: structure – HKIT Architects, Oakland; landscape – Van Dorn Abed Landscape Architects, San Francisco

Engineering: civil – CSW Stuber/Stroeh, Novato; structural – LS Mason & Associates, Lafayette

Lender: Wells Fargo Bank

Cost: $80 million

Apartment rents: $2,100 a month (average)

Tenants: Whole Foods Market, residents

Property management: FPI Management, Folsom

The 124 condominiums turned apartments in the Millworks mixed-use project were completed last year, but the Whole Foods Market grocery store is set to open on Earth Day, April 22.

The City Council approved the project, rated for green-building features by the GreenPoint standard, in 2006 and construction started in 2008.

The project is breathing new life into historical downtown Novato, according to Ron Gerber, who is in charge of city redevelopment and economic development. The store is doubling the amount of shop and restaurant space among the 84 properties in the seven blocks of Grant Avenue, and the store will be open 90 hours a week instead of the typical 40 at many existing shops.

"It will double the square footage and be open more than twice as many hours," Mr. Gerber said.

The store will employ about 130 and is becoming actively involved with the Downtown Novato Business Association. There could be up to 300 residents in the units when fully leased.

The units were advertised for sale before the strategy shifted in July to leasing after only two units sold. So far 60 percent are leased, at a rate of about 15 a month, according to Signature Properties President Mike Ghielmetti.

Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center replacement hospital

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975 Sereno Dr., Vallejo

Owner and developer: Kaiser Permanente, Oakland

Description: five-story hospital with 458,000 square feet, including 188 patient rooms (128 for medical/surgery, 24 for intensive care and 36 for rehabilitation), 38 emergency treatment bays, two rehabilitation gyms plus exterior courtyard, 10 operating rooms, Radiology Department (with interventional, CT, X-ray and mammography services). Also included was a two-story, 33,400 square-foot central utility plant.

Completion: March 2010

Contractors: general – McCarthy Building, San Francisco; mechanical – Critchfield Mechanical, San Jose; electrical – Rosendin Electric, San Jose; plumbing – Schram Construction, Santa Rosa; medical gas – L.J. Kruse, Berkeley; enclosure and interiors – Performance Contracting, North Highlands; architectural precast – Clark Pacific, West Sacramento; structural building concrete – McCarthy Building Cos., San Francisco; structural steel – The Herrick Corp., Stockton; site utilities – Granite Construction, Healdsburg; fire protection – Cosco Fire Protection, Livermore; controls – Johnson Controls, Folsom; glass and aluminum – Royal Glass, Santa Clara; elevators – Otis Elevator, San Francisco; security – Marquis Systems, San Jose; signage – Ace Design, Nicasio

Architecture and design: structure – Stantec Architecture, San Francisco; site landscape – Aecom, San Francisco; courtyard landscape – Interstice Architects, San Francisco; roof landscape – Mori Hatsushi & Associates, Pacheco

Engineering: mechanical – Ted Jacob Engineering Group, Oakland; civil and structural – Rutherford & Chekene, San Francisco; electrical – Silverman & Light, Emeryville

Foodservice: The Marshall Assoc., Oakland

Construction budget: $270 million

Kaiser Permanente complied with state requirements to shore up hospitals for earthquakes by starting construction on a new one in Vallejo in summer 2005. The previous 38-year-old facility is being converted to parking.

Speaking of parking, a 1945 Kaiser Manhattan car sits in the courtyard of the third-floor Rehabilitation Department, which, along with a mockup of a home, helps patients re-adjust to real-life situations.

A new five-story wing to Kaiser's Santa Rosa medical center is nearing completion.