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Design-build team selected for $1.7 billion Harbor-UCLA Medical Center redesign

A design-build team led by Hensel Phelps, HMC Architects and CO Architects has been selected for a redesign of the unincorporated Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in West Carson, the team announced this month.

The nearly $1.7 billion project, approved in February by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, calls for the consolidation of medical services at the Harbor-UCLA campus, which spans 72 acres east intersection of Carson Street and Vermont Avenue. The project will allow the hospital to comply with the 1953 Senate Bill, which requires all acute care hospitals to rebuild or upgrade their facilities by 2030 to avoid damage from a major earthquake.

“I am thrilled to lead this design-build team of healthcare design and build experts to deliver this beautiful, state-of-the-art facility,” Hensel Phelps program manager Sandra Ichiho said in a statement. . “Through this project, the county will create hundreds of local jobs and millions of dollars in business opportunities for the local community.”

The centerpieces of the project are a new 468,000 square foot inpatient care tower with 346 beds, as well as a 403,000 square foot outpatient treatment center and support building. Other elements of the renovation include a new helicopter landing pad, an 11,000 square foot warehouse, a new 381,000 square foot parking lot and other support facilities.

By consolidating existing inpatient and outpatient departments into new buildings, Harbor-UCLA expects to reduce operating and maintenance costs, while meeting sustainability goals. The project team is aiming for LEED Gold certification for the campus.

“Adding one million square feet to an existing 70-year-old campus creates significant planning and cost challenges,” said Kirk Rose, healthcare practice leader at HMC Architects, in the press release. “Our design will optimize operational flow and throughput, organize the program very cost effectively, and create a beautiful outdoor space for community enjoyment.”

Elsewhere on the Harbor-UCLA complex, the county has also partnered with the Lundquist Institute, formerly known as LA Biomed, which intends to develop a 250,000 square foot bioscience technology campus near the intersection of Carson with Normandie Avenue.


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