McCarthy Building Cos. and TAYLOR, an architectural and interior design firm exclusively focused on healthcare facilities, have joined with the St. Joseph Health System to build a new patient tower at the St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton. Site preparation has been underway since December 2010, and the project is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014. It is slated to open that fall.
The $285.4 million project includes a four-story acute care building, a central utility plant and 215 parking spaces added to an existing parking structure.
When the project began last December, McCarthy Building spent seven months relocating all of the hospital’s utility services prior to the demolition of the existing parking structure and the initial work on the new tower.
“We worked closely with the hospital to devise a plan that enabled us to complete this sensitive infrastructure work while mitigating disruption to the existing hospital,” said Todd Foos, McCarthy Building project manager. “Additional challenges will be maintaining access to the existing hospital’s loading dock. In order to meet this requirement, we will be constructing a temporary road through the foundation of the new building, which will be in place until February or March 2012.”
The St. Jude Northwest Tower will include private and semi-private rooms with flat-screen TVs and daybeds for family members. There will be computers in every patient room to allow physicians and nurses to review and update medical records without leaving the patients. Fourteen operating rooms with “smart” surgical suites and minimally invasive robotic surgery instruments, a cafeteria, a materials management center, a pharmacy and areas for support staff will also be included.
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