Sierra College Parking Garage

Project Description

Client: Sierra College
Location: Rocklin, California
Size of Project: 500,000 square foot 1,500 Parking Spaces over 5 floors
Completed: June 2021 (on-schedule)
Design-Build Cost:  $43.1 million ($1.3 million under budget)

Cypress assisted the college in the development of project budgets, schedule and in the procurement of the Design-Build Entity (DBE) for a new 1,500 stall parking garage. Upon selection of the DBE, Cypress assisted the college in the management of the design process,  finalization of the GMP and complete on-site construction management and close-out with DSA. The project was completed per the original schedule developed by Cypress and $1.3 million under budget. Additionally, the project included a new Tennis Court complex along with the installation of a new domestic service and a new 12KV primary electrical service for the campus.

Sierra College Masterplan

Principals Doug Evans and Mansour Aliabadi assisted and supported Sierra College in the preparation of a needs assessment which evaluated various options for renovation and expansion of the Rocklin Campus. This resulted in a decision by the Board of Trustees to approve a $500 million capital improvement program which included a new $350 million bond, Measure E. Upon passage of the bond, Cypress continues to assist Sierra College with Program and Construction Management services. Cypress services for the college include establishment of the processes and procedures for management of the program and construction management of individual projects. Additionally, Cypress supports Sierra College in the management of scope of work, budgets, schedules, cash flow, consultant selection, contractor procurement and direct on-site construction management.

An exterior view of Highland Hospital in Oakland, California

Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement

Mansour Aliabadi, principal of Cypress CM, was the principal in charge of the Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement, located in Oakland, California. Highland is a $668 million, 58,000 square meter, a multi-phase program consisting of new and remodeled healthcare facilities including clinic/medical office building, nine-story, 169-licensed bed acute care tower, and interior courtyard, dining terrace, and connecting structure.

An exterior view of Highland Hospital in Oakland, California
An exterior view of the Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center

Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center

Mansour Aliabadi was the project director forthe Rancho Los Amigos Medical Center, a $300 million master planed facility with ten separate projects including a 3-story, 150-bed, Inpatient Unit A/Spine Institute and an Operations Facility/Parking Structure consisting of a support services annex and medical center police facility.

Exterior image of the Cal ISO headquarters

California Independent System Operator

Mansour Aliabadi was the project director for Cal ISO headquarters located in Folsom, Calif., this is the $160 million, 26,000 square meter new headquarters building for the California Independent System Operator, or Cal ISO. The project is comprised of three distinct wings with a combination of structural systems and it is the recipient of multiple awards. Cal ISO is the organization responsible for management of the state of California’s electrical grid.

Exterior image of the Cal ISO headquarters
CHCF Healthcare Facility in Stockton, CA

CDCR California Health Care Facility (CHCF) Stockton

CHCF Healthcare Facility in Stockton, CA

Project Description

Client: CDCR
Location: Stockton, CA
Building Area: 450,000 sf 
Year Completed:  2013
Value:  $660 million
Architect:  TBD

Mansour Aliabadi, principal of Cypress CM, was the principal in charge of program management services on the CHCF project which includes the design and construction of 1,722 infill beds located at the Northern California Youth Correctional Center (NCYCC). The facility is designed to provide specialized housing with necessary health care treatment for a population of seriously and chronically, medically, and mentally ill inmates consistent with state and federal requirements, and will permitted the replacement of temporary beds previously in use. The project included a Dialysis Treatment lab. The CDCR operates the new medical complex, which incorporates energy-efficient design measures and sustainable building practices (LEED Silver Cert).

East County Hall of Justice, Dublin, CA

Alameda-EastCounty Hall of Justice

Project Description

Client:  Alameda County, CA
Location:   Dublin, CA
Surface Area: 148,031 ft2
Year Completed:  2016
Value:  $147.6 million
Architect:  KMD Architects

Mansour Aliabadi, principal of Cypress CM, was the principal in charge of construction management services for the new LEED Silver Dublin Courthouse, a 5-story courthouse with 13 courtrooms, a 2-story county office building, and 865 parking spaces, all built on 20 acres of land adjacent to the Santa Rita Jail. The new courthouse replaced the leased Gale Schenone Hall of Justice in Pleasanton and the Allen E. Broussard Justice Center in Oakland, which suffered flooding damage in 2007 and had to be vacated. The Dublin Courthouse connects to a 2-story county building containing offices for the District Attorney, Public Defender, and Probation Department.

The two buildings are joined by a common entry, lobby, and elevator atrium. This project was carried out using Design Build procurement.

19th & J Mixed Use Apartment

Project Description

Client:   Mohanna Development
Location:   Sacramento, CA
BuildingArea:  130,600 sf
Year Completed:   2019
Value:  $29.5 million
Architect:   The HR Group Architects

The owner of the project, Mohanna Development, hired Cypress Construction Management to assist in the management of construction, completion and close-out of the project. Scope of services included review of project documents, facilitation of weekly on-site meetings with contractor, review of project schedules, negotiation of change orders, review of monthly applications for payment, assisting the architect in responding to RFI’s, review of submittals and advising the owner on project related issues.

The Challenges

Cypress was hired after construction was underway as a result of challenges the owner was having with the contractor. Near completion of construction there were a significant number of issues relating to change orders and failure on the part of the general contractor to resolve outstanding change orders with the subcontractors on the project. This resulted in several subcontractors filing liens.

In support of the owner, we worked with the general contractor and subcontractors to negotiate, finalize and arrange terms of payment for outstanding subcontractor change orders. Another challenge was the original structure of the design and construction contracts which was established prior to Cypress participation in the project. The architect and structural engineer were directly contracted with the owner while the mechanical, plumbing and electrical contracts were design-build between the subcontractor and the general contract. This created a challenge in coordination of designs and submittals. Cypress worked with the owner, architect and engineers to facilitate roles and responsibilities where there were no direct contract relationships.

19J Rendering
Cypress Construction Management Kitchen Project at Sierra College

Sierra Community College

Cypress Construction Management Kitchen Project at Sierra College

Project Description

Client:   Sierra College
Location:   Rocklin, CA
Year Completed:   2020
Value:  $4.2 million

The project consisted of complete demolition and reconstruction of the college kitchen, meeting rooms and student support spaces in the Student Union building.

The Challenges

Special challenges on the project included completion of a renovation project in a very aggressive timeframe. Cypress worked collaboratively with the architect and contractor to resolve issues in a timely manner to minimize impact to the contraction schedule. Upon removal of the existing interior concrete slab, it was determined there were unforeseen interior foundations impacting the layout of plumbing fixtures in the kitchen. Cypress coordinated identification of conflicts and worked with the architect, structural engineer and plumbing engineer to modify foundation and relocate under slab plumbing. Another issue involved coordination of redesign for replacement of interior ceiling framing and modifications to structural support of roof penetrations. Cypress again worked with the project team to determine the changes that would be most cost effective and have the least schedule impact.

Reentry and Enhanced Alternatives to Custody Training Center (REACT)

react facility

Project Description

Client:  Stanislaus County
Location:  Ceres, CA
Building Area:  57,000 sf
Year Completed:  2018
Value:  $45 million
Architect:  LDA Partners / HOK

Cypress principal Doug Evans, while employed by another firm, worked with Stanislaus County to provide management and executive oversight of the REACT Center project.

The Challenges

Doug Evans was asked by Stanislaus County to assist with the development and implementation of a management plan for the project. Mr. Evans worked with County Executives and Project Management to establish an integrated project team of County staff and consultants for administration and management of the design-build effort. Challenges to the project included the accelerated time for completion of the project and alignment of the project design cost with the County Budget. The project team worked collaboratively with the design builder to maintain the schedule through accelerated plan reviews and timely resolution of design and construction issues.

Additionally, the project team worked with the design builder to identify components of the design that were cost effective and in-line with the budget while meeting the requirements of the criteria documents. The project was successful from the perspective cost, time and quality. This was, in part, evidenced by the project being given awards for excellence by the Design Build Association of America and the Construction Management Association of America.