The St. Mary’s Downtown Campus is located on an 18.2-acre site at the southwest corner of Interstate 80 and Sierra Street. St. Mary’s Health Network upgraded 11.2 acres of existing general office and emergency facilities. CFA was responsible for entitlements, topographic surveying, survey mapping, final civil engineering, final landscape architecture, construction staking and construction observation services. The Associated General Contractors selected this project as the recipient of the 2005 Pinnacle Award in the category of Excellence in Project Management. The four-year, $100 million expansion project consisted of five major components:
· Demolition and Utility Relocation In March 2003, construction began on the St. Mary’s West Campus utility project. This phase of the project included critical relocations and upgrades of existing utilities. All structures, above and below ground, within the two-block area bounded by Elm Street, Ralston Street, Sixth Street and Arlington Avenue had to be removed to make room for the proposed expansion. Underground utility relocations included rerouting 3,000 linear feet of sanitary sewer mainline, 2,200 linear feet of storm drain mainline, 2,700 linear feet of water mainline, 600 linear feet of gas line, 575 linear feet of chilled water line, 1,400 linear feet of high pressure steam line, and 3,100 linear feet each of electric, telephone, fiber optic, and cable television. CFA, in coordination with NV Energy, Charter Communications, SBC, Truckee Meadows Water Authority and the City of Reno, designed and inspected the construction of these facilities. Due to the fact that many of the relocated utilities were critical to the day-to-day operations of the hospital, all of the new utilities had to be operational prior to the removal of the old. Construction phasing and physical space for the new utilities were the major challenges of this project.
· Parking Structure CFA provided planning consultation, civil engineering, landscape architecture and construction observation services for the first above-ground structure constructed as part of the St. Mary’s West Campus project. The seven-story, 379,000 square foot, 1,100 stall parking structure was opened to the public on September 1, 2004.
· Professional Office Building The Medical Plaza at St. Mary’s is a 211,000 square foot, seven-story high-rise office building that is home to doctor’s offices, radiology facilities, oncology facilities and a full service women’s wellness center. CFA provided planning and survey services for a setback variance and boundary line adjustment, along with final civil engineering and final landscape architecture design services for the project. Construction of the Medical Plaza at St. Mary’s began in the summer of 2004 and was completed in the spring of 2005.
· Rooftop Plaza The focal point of the St. Mary’s West Campus project is the 37,000 square foot parking plaza. This two-story structure consists of an on-grade parking lot covered by a 16,000 square foot outdoor plaza. The rooftop plaza is a uniquely decorated and heavily landscaped retreat used by visitors and staff for reflection and relaxation. Skywalks, multiple fountains, cascading planters and three grand staircases highlight this magnificent plaza. CFA provided planning, civil engineering, landscape architecture, surveying and construction observation services for the parking plaza and the remaining West Campus site work. Site work included walkways, fencing, drive alleys, landscaping and public/private roadway reconstruction.
· Emergency Department/Intensive Care Unit Expansion The final piece of the St. Mary’s Downtown Campus is an 80,000 square foot, two-story expansion of the existing ED/ICU facility. This highly sensitive project was submitted for final agency review on July 1, 2004 and is not currently slated for construction. Major challenges of this project include the relocation of critical utilities, phasing of construction and security of the existing facilities during construction. Coordination with NV Energy, Charter Communication, SBC, Truckee Meadows Water Authority, the City of Reno and NDOT were a major part of the design process. Due to funding constraints, major renovations to the emergency department were made within the existing structure.