SOURCE: T.B. Penick and Sons

March 18, 2008 11:07 ET

T.B. Penick & Sons, Inc. Reaches Important Construction Milestone Two Months Early at the University of California, Riverside Genomics Building

New Five-Level Structure 50 Percent Complete -- Will House Research Laboratories and Associated Academic Functions

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - March 18, 2008) - Today T.B. Penick & Sons, one of the largest and most trusted contractors in Southern California for more than a century, announced completion of the structural concrete work on the new five-level, 82,000 square-foot Genomics Building at the University of California, Riverside. The Genomics building, which had its ground breaking ceremony Oct. 18, 2006 at Citrus and Eucalyptus drives, will house the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, which includes the Center for Plant Cell Biology, the Biotechnology Impacts Center and the Center for Disease-Vector Research.

According to the university, more than 200 people will utilize the new building, including faculty members, graduate students, postdoctoral and staff researchers from the departments of botany and plant sciences, plant pathology, entomology and neurosciences. Sophisticated laboratories with the most modern equipment will allow researchers to conduct leading-edge studies. An impressive auditorium will host world-class presentations on the latest research findings.

"Emphasis has been placed on accelerating the completion of the concrete structure in order to allow early access and installation of the laboratory equipment," said T.B. Penick President Tim Penick. "We've successfully cut a full two months out of the original schedule," adds Penick. Finishing the structural work two months early gives a significant head start for the complex electrical and mechanical systems that will serve this facility.

The bulk of T.B. Penick's construction began with the Foundations and includes the forming and pouring of the overhead decks of the second, third and fourth floors, as well as the concrete roof structure. Too large to be accomplished in one stage per floor, each floor deck has been constructed in east and west phases. Many of the Deck pour operations took multiple crews working 18-hour shifts. According to Penick, careful coordination of manpower, subcontractors and hoisting operations was essential. The building is on schedule for completion in December 2008.

About TB Penick & Sons

For more than a century, T.B. Penick has provided award-winning construction, structural concrete, design-build and general contracting services in the commercial and public building sector. T.B. Penick has received numerous accolades, including a first place award in the National Construction Safety Excellence competition as well as recognition for Innovation in Concrete, Cornerstone Excellence, Outstanding Civil Engineering and the Architectural Concrete Project of the Year. For more information, visit

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