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Construction underway on patient tower at St. Jude Medical Campus

November 14, 2011 |
Tim Gregorski

The design/build team of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., and TAYLOR, are working with St. Joseph Health System to build a new patient tower, parking structure, and central utility plant at the St. Jude Medical Center in Fullerton, Calif.

Located on the northern side of the existing medical campus at Bastanchury Road and Harbor Boulevard, site preparation has been underway since December 2010, and the new tower officially broke ground during a private ceremony on September 25, 2011.

An integral part of the St. Jude Medical Center’s multi-phased Master Plan, the $285.4 million project includes construction of a 200,000-sf, 4-story acute care building with a connecting bridge to level four of the existing hospital building and a 14,000-sf central utility plant. Along with architect International Parking Design of Irvine, Calif., McCarthy is also adding 215 parking spaces to an existing 455-car parking structure that the firm built in 2004.

Prior to construction of the new tower, McCarthy performed 7 months of major utility work and is demolishing an existing medical records building and parking garage.  New surface parking and street improvements including redevelop­ment of a cul-de-sac, addition of right-turn lane, street widening and extension of a center median are also being conducted. BD+C

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