The tower, which includes patient beds, a pharmacy, a cafeteriaand a laboratory, is McCarthy's fourth major project for HuntingtonMemorial, which is at 100 W. California Blvd. in Pasadena. HDR Inc.of Pasadena, CA. designed the tower.


Mynsberge says that the West Tower is the final phase of arebuilding plan that the hospital outlined in 1986. The six-storyWest Tower is composed of: 128 private patient care rooms,including 32 acute care beds; a pharmacy; a cafeteria; and anexpanded clinical laboratory.


In addition to the West Tower, McCarthy completed structuralupgrades on the existing lobby, patient bridge and pedestriantunnel in compliance with Senate Bill 1953, which requires seismicupgrades for all acute care facilities.McCarthy faced constantchallenges relating to building on a live project site because ofthe project's location adjacent to an existing lobby building.


McCarthy has worked on the hospital's building program fornearly 20 years, completing a number of projects. Among these werea 125,000-sf, four-story vertical patient tower expansion andheliport, completed in November 1998; the remodel and renovation ofthe 53,500-sf blood donor center, psychiatric facility and sleeplab, completed in October 1992; and a 165,000-sf replacementhospital and 750-space parking garage, completed in December1990.

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