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McCarthy Building Cos. completes major step in local hospital’s expansion

The steel frame used in CHOC Children’s $563 million patient-care tower was added late last month.

By Taylor FallonPublished: June 03, 2010

Rendering by FKP Architects courtesy of CHOC Children’s
Orange-based CHOC Children’s, a locally and nationally recognized leader in the health-care industry, is making progress toward its latest expansion: a new patient-care tower that will be located on the south side of the hospital.

On May 27, workers employed by McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. topped off the structural steel frame on the tower, which will help CHOC expand its pediatric-care services. The $563 million project will include a 425,524-square-foot addition with seven upper levels, a penthouse “chiller room” (containing equipment to help cool the building) and a helicopter pad, as well as a 50,000-square-foot renovation of the existing facility.

With an office in Newport Beach, McCarthy Building Cos. – one of OC METRO’s 2010 Green Team, an annual collection of 25 local earth-friendly companies – uses a variety of sustainable building techniques and employs more than 400 LEED-certified professionals. It is the nation’s 10th-largest domestic general contractor and has been ranked among the top five national health-care builders by ModernHealthcare.com. For the CHOC expansion project, the construction company utilizes state-of-the-art computer graphics and virtual modeling to reduce conflicts between individual building systems during the general installation process.

“To promote a serene, healing environment, the tower will feature leading design and safety principles, private rooms and enhanced amenities,” said CHOC’s vice president of facilities, design and construction, Waldo Romero.

The tower will incorporate environmental health principles and sustainable building guidelines, as recognized by the Green Guide for Healthcare. During construction, many eco-efficient and sustainable elements will be used, including recyclable materials, energy-saving roofing materials and an abundant use of natural light.

CHOC is one of only eight children’s hospitals in the nation named a 2009 Leapfrog Top Hospital. Completion of the project is scheduled for December 2012.

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