According to Nato Flores, president of Tower, the company willbe constructing the addition to Huntington Hospital with the aid ofa three-dimensional building modeling software called BIM, whichstands for Building Imaging Modeling. BIM has long been used in theaerospace industry, but its use of is relatively new in theconstruction industry. Flores explains that the system eliminatespotential change orders and saves money by eliminating the need toredo any of the internal systems such as cabling, wiring, plumbingand HVAC after they are installed.

Huntington Hospital, located at 100 W. California Blvd. isalready home to the largest emergency department in the San GabrielValley, which treats more than 40,000 patients each year, accordingto the hospital's web site. In addition, the hospital operates theonly trauma center in the region. Huntington is a 636-bed,not-for-profit community hospital that was founded in 1892.

The construction of the new emergency department expansionfollows the earlier opening of a new 237,734-square-foot buildingcalled the West Tower that includes includes patient beds, apharmacy, a cafeteria and a laboratory. That project was completedby Newport Beach, CA office of McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. as partof a 20-year program that the hospital has conducted to modernizeand expand its facilities.

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