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72,000-square-foot project employing BIM technology; designed for LEED gold

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NAPA -- Queen of the Valley’s planned new acute care facility, a 72,000-square-foot, three-story addition that will help the hospital meet state seismic requirements, is under construction.

Construction on The North Acute Care Building is expected to cost between $60 million and $65 million, and the total project is estimated at approximately $130 million, according to Wright Contracting, a Santa Rosa-based construction firm.

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The new facility will move the hospital’s six-room surgery department from the main building, which will enable the surgery suites -- to remain at six suites -- to nearly double in size. And the intensive care unit will expand from the current 16 beds to 20 beds.

Constructing the new facility will require the removal of a storage building, two small sheds and the removal of 80 parking spaces.

Robin Stephani, business development manager for Wright Contracting, said about 10 percent of the project has been completed and that it should be opened by 2013. It was originally slated to be open in 2012, but delays caused The Queen to push that date back. Wright Contracting was brought on as the lead contractor in December 2010 to jumpstart the project, Ms. Stephani said.

“The job is under construction now and it’s going to be a fairly large addition to Queen of the Valley -- one of the major projects they have in their pipeline,” Ms Stephani said.

Site preparation began in August of last year after the both the city and county of Napa signed off on the plans. The Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development then approved the plan late last year, according to Queen of the Valley.

Ms. Stephani said the north building has been designed to satisfy the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED requirements for green health care facilities and will earn Gold Certified – the second highest designation after platinum.

“It will be the first in Napa Valley health care to get that accreditation,” Ms. Stephani said.

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By using 3D Building Information Modeling technology, Wright Contracting will be able to minimize paper work while maximizing communication with the project team, Ms. Stephani said.

“It helps to be more efficient in construction staging. There’s less lag time and more coordination between the trades and the opportunities to see potential problems beforehand,” Ms. Stephani said.

Wright Contracting has completed a number of other projects for St. Joseph Health System, in both Napa and Sonoma counties. St. Joseph owns The Queen and Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

At The Queen, projects by Wright include The Wellness Center, the Women’s Center and the Ambulatory Surgery Center.

“This project represents the next milestone in what will ultimately be a three-decade journey for the medical center,” said Dennis Sisto, chief executive officer of The Queen. “In building several other facilities over the past 10 years, we were bringing all Queen’s patient care areas into compliance with the seismic regulations of 2030. This project is significant in itself, but also because it begins the implementation of the second, 20-year phase of our strategic plan for the expansion and enhancement of our inpatient services.”

The project architect is CO Architects.

St. Joseph Health System will pay for 75 percent of construction costs, while The Queen of the Valley Medical Center Foundation will cover the remaining cost with a capital campaign.