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Granite to build first stage of prison facility

Santa Cruz Sentinel

WATSONVILLE — The California Department of Corrections awarded a $129 million project to build the first stage of a health care facility near Stockton to Hensel Phelps-Granite, a joint venture with Granite Construction of Watsonville and Hensel Phelps of Colorado.

Hensel Phelps is the lead partner on the project. Granite has had offices in the Stockton area for about 35 years. It did not release how much of the total award would go to it, but a spokeswoman said the scope of the work would relate to handling utilities, grading, paving and earthwork while Hensel Phelps will be responsible for vertical construction.

Hensel Phelps and Granite beat out Skanska/Moss and Rudolph and Sletten for the project.

“We definitely feel proud of the fact that we kept at it,” said company spokeswoman Jacque Fourchy. “It’s a good example of the importance of being patient in today’s environment.”

The California Health Care Facility-Stocktonwill be a 1.2-million square-foot, medium-level medical and mental health care facility with 1,722 beds for patient-inmates. Construction is expected to cost about $900 million and will be in several stages. In addition to utilities and earthwork, the first stage of construction involves building roads, a lethal fencing perimeter and a central plant as well as health care housing and support buildings. Construction is slated to begin this year and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2013.

Granite is not expected to bid on the next project phases except to serve as a subcontractor, Fourchy said.

According to the Department of Corrections, the project will create up to 9,200 construction jobs, including up to 1,700 construction workers per day, and $1 billion in economic output from direct and indirect benefits.

The state has promised to work with the Stockton/San Joaquin community to provide outreach to local contractors and residents so they will have access to construction and civil service job opportunities, according to a government website.

Granite, which made significant cuts last year, has struggled during the years-long building slowdown.

On Thursday, Granite shares closed up 34 cents to close at $26.17.

This article appeared here.

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