SAN DIEGO-McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. has completed constructionof the new 279,000-square-foot Rady Childrens Hospital Acute CarePavilion, located at 3020 Childrens Way in the Kearny Mesa area ofSan Diego. Designed by the San Francisco office of Anshen+Allen,the new $260 million Acute Care Pavilion is the first acute carefacility in the state to meet the standards for quality and safetymandated by the Office of Statewide Health Planning andDevelopment, while also achieving the level of occupant health andenvironmental sustainability required to earn LEED-Certifiedstatus, according to a prepared statement.

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The facility will be equipped and staffed to receive patients onOct. 10, 2010. “Construction oversight of OSHPD facilities adds aheightened level of complexity to already complicated healthcareconstruction projects in California, based on the states strictcriteria for passing project inspections, reviews and approvals,”says Dan Stone of CCQA Inc., inspector-of-record for theproject.

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OSHPD oversight of California hospitals stems from the 1971Sylmar earthquake, which caused several hospitals to collapse, andhampered the hospitals ability to provide emergency care to theinjured. In 1973 the state of California passed the Alfred E.Alquist Hospital Seismic Safety Act and, ever since, constructionof acute care and psychiatric hospitals, as well as multi-storyskilled nursing homes and intermediate care facilities, in thestate has been governed by this legislation. The standards not onlyhelp enforce patient safety during the earthquake, but also ensurethat facilities can continue to function and care for the injuredfollowing earthquakes, according to the release.

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For the Acute Care Pavilion, Rady Childrens Hospital, whichGlobeSt.com previouslyreported on, employed one onsite inspector-of-recordand three field inspectors. McCarthy served the integral role ofworking through all construction issues, developing proactivesolutions, documenting every discussion and construction activity,and communicating with OSHPD inspectors, who visited the site threetimes a week. According the McCarthy, “not a single detail of theproject could afford to be overlooked, from the drilling operationthat involved the installation of individual 60-foot-deep byeight-inch-wide holes to accommodate seismic tie-down rods, to thetorque of each bolt. Building Information Modeling allowed theconstruction team to address many of the seismic issues.”

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Rady Childrens Hospital is the only dedicated child-specificmedical center in the San Diego region. The new Acute Care Pavilionwas built on a 148,650-square-foot site at the southeast end of thehospital campus, adjacent to the existing Rose Pavilion. Second-and third-floor bridges and a ground-floor walkway connect theexisting facility to the new four-story building.

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When equipped, the Acute Care Pavilion will house a much-neededsurgical center, 84 medical-surgical beds, a neonatal intensivecare unit and a cancer center. It also will provide 16 operatingrooms with associated support departments, a 28-bed hematology andoncology unit, and a 10-bed bone marrow transplant intensive careunit.

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Rady Childrens Hospital has been committed to incorporatinggreen practices throughout its operations for many years, so whenit came time for us to expand, we set on a mission to become thelargest children's hospital in the state with a world-class LEEDCertified facility, says Tim Jacoby, vice president of facilitiesfor Rady Childrens Hospital, who led the teamcollaboration.

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KPFF of San Francisco served as the structural engineer; RBF,San Diego, civil engineer; Randall Lamb, San Diego, electricalengineer; Shadpour Consulting Engineers, San Diego, mechanicalengineer; and Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey of Mill Valley wasthe landscape architect.

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