Skanska awarded contract for hospital project in Eureka, Calif.

Beaverton-based Skanska USA Building Inc. has been awarded a construction management contract for the expansion of St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, California.

The $118 million project consists of a 100,000-square-foot, three-story expansion of the hospital, which will take 31 months to complete, plus an 11-month renovation of 12,000 square feet within the existing hospital.

The hospital will remain functional during construction. Its new building will be attached to the hospital's existing building, creating one larger unit. Crews will also tie in the existing chilled water system to the new building by using a temporary 200-ton chiller so the hospital is able to maintain a temperate climate during renovations.

The new facilities are expected to open in late summer 2010 and will include an interior courtyard, open-air landscapes and a healing garden for patients and staff.