The 279,000-sf Acute Care Pavilion at 3020 Children's Way in theKearny Mesa area, an expansion of the existing 248-bed facility,will house a surgical center, 84 medical-surgical beds, a neonatalintensive care center and a cancer center to aid in fulfilling theincreasing demand for children's critical care in the San Diegoarea, project head Tim Jacoby, vice president of facilities andconstruction for Rady, tells GlobeSt.com.

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"It's very much needed," he says. "A lot of hospitalconstruction has been done because of the Seismic Retrofit Act, butthis project's being done because we need the beds and theoperating room capacity."

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The building has been designed specifically for patientservices, with little administrative or educational space, Jacobysays, adding, "It's heavily favored toward clinical. It's there totreat the kids."

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Scant new hospital construction in the 1990s, a growing childpopulation and increased acute care demand for aging Baby Boomershave put pressure on bed and facility space for acute carepediatrics, Jacoby says. Additional demand is created forchild-specific hospitals as treatments become more complex,creating a greater "need to put the patients where the specialtiesare," he adds.

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According to Jacoby, Rady is the only children's hospital inImperial and San Diego counties, and the only such facility inCalifornia south of the Children's Hospital of Orange County. "Ouroperating rooms are stretched," he adds. "We're out of room togrow."

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The facility will include 16 operating rooms with supportdepartments, a 28-bed hematology and oncology unit, a 10-bed bonemarrow transplant intensive care unit, a 32-bed neonatal intensivecare unit, and 84 acuity adaptable medical surgery beds.

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The new Acute Care Pavilion, visible from I-805 heading north,is on a 148,650-sf site at the southeast end of the Rady Children'sHospital campus, south of the existing Rady Children's HospitalRose Pavilion. A bridge will connect the existing facility to thenew five -story building.

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[IMGCAP(2)]A topping-out ceremony was held on July 25 when asteel beam signed by project team members was hoisted into the air,together with an Evergreen tree and the American flag.

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"The next steps that were taking right now are pouring theelevated decks," says Ben Meyers, project director for St.Louis-based McCarthy. "We're pouring two decks a week." Each deckconstitutes roughly 14,000 sf to 18,000 sf of space, and thatprocess will make way for work to be conducted by mechanical,electrical, piping and plumbing workers, he says, adding, "Thetrades will start about the third week in September."

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At height of the construction, sometime in May or June of nextyear, there will be about 550 people working on the building, hesays. There are currently approximately 160 construction workers onsite. "By August of next year, it will look like a completehospital as you're driving down the freeway," Meyers says.

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Employee-owned McCarthy also handled the design/build servicesfor the adjacent 332,279-sf parking structure, with space for 1,039vehicles on five levels, which was completed at the end of2007.

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The exact completion date for the hospital is set for July 15,2010, and the hospital is scheduled to open that year in October.Meyers says the aim is for Acute Care Pavilion to achieve US GreenBuilding Council LEED certification.

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Designed by San Francisco-based Anshen+Allen, the buildingincorporates natural light and utilizes high-efficiency airconditioning and mechanical equipment. The building also willfeature a green roof system that will help minimize the buildingheat gain and control the rainwater run off from the roof. Otherbuilding features include: a glass fiber reinforced, precastconcrete exterior; dimensional travertine stone; storefront andcurtain wall glass systems with colored accents; and metal panels,railings and canopies.

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