The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has unanimously selected the construction management firm of Gafcon, Inc. of San Diego to provide administrative support to the 11-member Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (ICBOC), which is reviewing the District’s activities relating to last year’s successful voter-approved Proposition “G” $247 million bond measure that will finance a number of capital improvement construction projects over the next several years at Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa.
Gafcon’s administrative support will include website management and assistance to the ICBOC’s subcommittees, according to Dr. John Hardebeck, 2007 president of the GHD board of directors.
In addition, Hardebeck said Gafcon will provide project management services for a Health Occupations Training Center, which is proposed to be a multi-story, educational building featuring classrooms, laboratory facilities and support spaces for the training of students in the health professions.
According to Hardebeck, a number of firms were invited to submit proposals and leading firms were interviewed, graded and ranked. Observers included members of the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, which is reviewing all District activities relating to Proposition “G” expenditures. Gafcon was selected based on the firm’s expertise with previous similar projects, including services performed for the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District on its Proposition “R” Bond Program, a $207 million capital construction and renovation program, he said. The District is executing a 90-day agreement with Gafcon so that work may commence while staffing plans and communication protocols are determined. Gafcon’s Joe Minner, program manager, John “Chip” Swanson, senior project manager, and Rosie Ibarra, project coordinator, are serving the District.
Founded in 1987 by Pam and Yehudi Gaffen, Gafcon is a leading construction management firm providing professional construction consulting, construction program management and construction-related claims support. The company employs more than 120 construction project managers, architects, civil engineers, financial analysts, estimators, schedulers, quality inspectors and computer professionals, all with seasoned expertise. Gafcon maintains corporate headquarters in San Diego with branch offices in Irvine, Calif. and Los Angeles.
The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego's East County region, was formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital. It serves as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent nearly 500,000 people residing within the District's 750 square miles in San Diego's East County. In 1991, the District leased the hospital's operation to Sharp HealthCare under a 30-year lease that runs through the year 2021. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.