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McCarthy marks ‘topping out’ on new St. Jude Patient Tower

The contractor has completed the steel structure of the new project ahead of schedule

by Griffin RogersPublished: July 30, 2012 08:45 AM

A rendering of the complete St. Jude
Patient Tower project
McCarthy Building Companies is ahead of schedule on the construction of the new $258.4 million patient tower at St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. The final steel beam that puts the project three days ahead of schedule was placed on top of the four-level structure, which is now 35 percent complete.

Construction by McCarthy Building Companies and TAYLOR includes the development of a new 120-bed patient tower, a central utility plant and 215 additional spaces in the parking structure. For the construction of the tower alone, McCarthy and Schuff Steel laid out 2,650 tons of steel within two months.

To celebrate the completion of the steel phase, St. Jude’s held a ceremony June 26. A steel beam, signed by a variety members involved with the project and ritually decorated with an American flag and evergreen tree, was hoisted 85 feet in the air and secured to the top of the structure.

The multi-phased master plan for construction includes the building of the Northwest Tower, a project that will connect to the fourth floor of the existing hospital building. The tower will be a four-story 200,000-square-foot structure and include a 14,000-square foot central utility plant.

“Our new Northwest Tower will offer one of the most clinically-advanced environments, and will ensure exceptional medical care for this generation as well as the next,” says Lee Penrose, president and CEO of the St. Jude Medical Center. “And while it will be a beautiful, state-of-the-art building, it is the skill of our medical professionals and their commitment to our patients that will make it great.”

All construction is expected to be complete by Summer 2014 and in operation by Fall 2014.

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