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San Diego, CA, United States, 2012/04/18 - McCarthy, one of Southern California’s preeminent healthcare builders, announces the completion of Phase 4 construction of the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital replacement project on Pueblo and Castillo St. in Santa Barbara, California - McCarthy.com.
The $300 million project is part of a six-phased inpatient facility construction replacement program for Cottage Health System at the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital site, totaling approximately $700 million and spanning 750,000 square feet.
With grand opening ceremonies in January 2012 and patient move-in accomplished smoothly on February 12, the 370,000-square-foot project included construction of a diagnostic and treatment (D&T) pavilion and two, three-level patient pavilions with a basement and a new main entrance. McCarthy also built a helipad for emergency air transportation atop the D&T Pavilion. Construction of the patient pavilions ensures the hospital’s compliance with Senate Bill 1953, which requires seismic upgrades for all acute care facilities, before the 2013 deadline.
Prior to beginning Phase 4 work, McCarthy built a new 28,476-square-foot Energy Center, two parking structures for employees and visitors with space for approximately 1,133 vehicles, and a culvert around the hospital to protect the surrounding neighborhood by reducing flood risk.
The new patient pavilions feature 164 private patient rooms, which will ultimately reach 304 private rooms after the final phase of construction and renovation is completed in 2017. The new hospital facilities also house state-of-the-art technology such as imaging services, wireless technology and minimally invasive and robotic surgical services.
Designed by Lee, Burkhart, Liu of Marina del Rey, Calif., the hospital’s award-winning architecture is both patient- and family-friendly and representative of the Spanish Colonial Revival style predominant in the Santa Barbara community. The facility combines inpatient and outpatient services in unique ways to provide a seamless continuum of care. The design focuses on creating a healing environment including therapeutic courtyards for staff, patients and visitors with numerous meditation areas and gardens including a “River of Life” flowing through the interior courtyard along with cloisters and art. Every patient room has a family area with furniture that converts to beds for overnight guests.
In keeping with the Spanish colonial design, the steel framed structure was built with clay tile roofs, broad expanses of rough plaster walls, ornamental iron balconies, vertical divided-light windows and pergolas. In counterpoint, all are connected for efficient circulation by a glazed spine corridor and lobbies with a contemporary flair.
“Creating a 21st century medical center that is housed within a historically accurate 17th century Spanish colonial architectural idiom presented unique design challenges, as did the requirement to reduce the scale of the medical center to conform to city height, mass and density mandates,” said Erich Burkhart, Principal-in-Charge at Lee, Burkhart, Liu. “These requirements led us to create a facility that incorporates nature in ways that enhance and speed the healing process. In addition, we were tasked with finding new methods of incorporating patient focused care within a hospitality oriented environment that makes family members an integral part of the healing process.”
Striking a balance between environmental stewardship and effective healthcare demands, the new facility was built and designed with sustainable features equivalent to U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver certification standards. Some of the project’s eco-friendly features include the reuse of an existing urban site; erosion and sediment controls; maximum use of natural lighting; partial use of reclaimed water for irrigation and increased green space. Further environmentally sensitive highlights include: the use of sustainable new construction building materials and the reuse of building materials generated from the demolition of existing buildings; creation of bicycle rider facilities with lockers, storage, showers and riding lanes to encourage alternative commuting options; state-of-the-art mechanical and electrical and plumbing systems with monitoring and control programs to reduce energy consumption; energy efficient lamps and ballast; multi-switching controls for public lighting; use of Energy Star® compliant, highly reflective roofing; and provisions for robust recycling systems within the facility.
“Building on an operational medical campus is always a challenging undertaking,” said McCarthy project director John Birch. “At the Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, we were building adjacent to the hospital Emergency Department and needed to tie all of our mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems into the existing facility. We were able to alleviate disruption to existing operations through proper planning, detailed scripting and close coordination with the hospital.
Further challenges entailed fairly limited site access for lay-down of materials which required strategic scheduling of construction work and deliveries. During the project’s peak, approximately 440 workers needed to access the site, so we provided off site parking and used vans and busses to minimize parking inconveniences and traffic during construction.”
To further aid in the construction process, the project team used Building Information Modeling (BIM) to create a 3D model of the project before construction began. The virtual model helped to detect and avoid any system clashes before construction began which saved time during the building process and enhanced the quality of construction. McCarthy created the 3D design of the facility using Autodesk Revit Architecture building design software and Autodesk NavisWorks software was used for clash detection. As-Builts and Operation Manuals were recorded in Bluebeam collaboration software and linked through the software including all modifications and changes to the design.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (mccarthy.com) is one of the nation’s largest commercial builders and has been ranked among the premier healthcare builders by Modern Healthcare since the magazine began its annual ranking more than 30 years ago. In addition to Newport Beach, McCarthy has offices in San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas; Houston; St. Louis and Atlanta. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned.