Construction Progress

January/February 2015

This newsletter is part of Enloe Medical Center’s commitment to keep you informed about significant construction activity for our expansion project. Updates for the next two months include:

City’s road project pending dry weather, will impact road access

The City of Chico’s ongoing road improvement project near the hospital is currently pending enough dry weather that will enable D.H. Slater & Son Inc. and its subcontractors accomplish the work. The storm sewer project portion of the project is already complete from 6th to 8th Avenues.

  • The next step will be to close W. 5th Ave. from Magnolia Avenue to the new Magnolia Avenue in order to install a storm sewer there. This will block that section of road for vehicles and pedestrians for approximately five business days. Work will occur from 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. on weekdays (excluding holidays), the road will be blocked around the clock due to the deep holes that will be dug up for the placement of the storm sewers. This will include no parking 24 hours a day in the construction zone. For safety reasons, people should avoid crossing the street except at crosswalks.
  • After the storm sewer is in place on that stretch of street, road reconstruction will follow. This will involve demolition of the road, followed by a rebuilding, including the addition of curbs and gutters – like E. 5th Avenue. This could begin as late as April or May, depending on weather. Asphalt plants need warmer, dryer weather to make their product; and dry weather is needed for the project itself.

During all phases of this project, D.H. Slater & Son encourages residents to build extra time into their schedule and plan alternate routes to avoid the construction zone.

Questions or concerns can be directed to Brandon Slater at his office, (530) 893-3333, or cell phone, (530) 519-7084; or to Justin Eckenrod at (530) 519-7084. The City of Chico personnel can also be contacted at (530) 879-6900 for additional information or to express concerns. Brandon Slater sends apologies for any inconveniences this project may cause.

Emergency Department expansion project continues

The second phase of the Emergency Department project continues on schedule. Crews are adding walls inside that space and working on the mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems. Outside, the completion of the new fountain will involve underground prep work and concrete; both efforts are weather-dependent. The fountain will be a closed system that recirculates water and is operated off of a weather-sensing system. The goal is to occupy the new Emergency Department space by August or September. Park construction is scheduled begin two or three months after the opening of that new Emergency Department space.

While we do our best to project dates, they are subject to change due to factors including weather and permits. If you have questions or concerns, feel free to contact Bill Seguine, Director of Property Development and Facilities Management, at (530) 864-1322 or To learn more about the Enloe Century Project, and to read archived issues of this newsletter, visit

Enloe Century Project: Construction progress slide shows