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UCI Medical Center Irvine to break ground in mid-2021

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UCI Medical Center Irvine to break ground in mid-2021

Hensel Phelps + CO Architects design-build team were awarded the project.

By David Malone, Associate Editor | April 16, 2021
UCI Medical Center exterior

Renderings courtesy CO Architects

The new UCI Medical Center Irvine project is set to rise adjacent to the University California Irvine campus. The facility will be a short walk or bike ride for researchers, students, and staff.

The medical center will embrace UCI’s commitment to sustainable design and construction, incorporating recycled water in the central plant and for irrigation, green power, and the preservation of the San Joaquin Marsh Reserve. The marsh will provide views for patients and families and relaxing spaces for doctors, researchers, and staff. Other areas for gathering outdoors will include walkable pathways and healing gardens.


UCI Medical Center lobby


The campus will feature a 144-bed, 350,000-sf hospital that includes an emergency department, inpatient bed services, operating rooms, pre/post observation beds, inpatient imaging, and support services. It will also have a 200,000-sf ambulatory surgery center comprising outpatient surgery and procedure rooms, diagnostic and imaging services, oncology treatment and infusion facilities, clinical exam rooms, a pharmacy, and support services. Additional features will also include a 35,000-sf central energy plant to serve the campus and a 1,340-space parking structure.

A design-build team comprising Hensel Phelps + CO Architects will design and construct the facility, which is slated to break ground in mid-2021. The parking structure will be complete in 2022. The ambulatory surgery center and central energy plant will complete in 2023. The entire hospital is expected for completion in 2025.


UCI Medical Center patient drop off


UCI Medical Center hospital dining area


UCI Medical Center view from the marsh

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