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The Carlsbad community will soon benefit from a much-needed medical office facility as construction nears completion on Carlsbad Medical Center. The 40,655-square-foot medical office development by H.G. Fenton Development Co. is being built exclusively for Scripps Health.

"Scripps Health's new location will play a vital role in the growth of Carlsbad's medical community," said Geoff Swortwood, vice president of commercial building development for H.G. Fenton Co., which manages H.G. Fenton Development Co. "We have been working with Scripps to assure we build to its vision so the facility can serve as a valuable community asset and contribute to the well-being of the Carlsbad community for many years to come."

Construction on the exterior of Carlsbad Medical Center was completed in early April and tenant improvements will soon be under way. The facility, located at 2176 Salk Ave., will provide medical office and exam rooms, plus radiology, and is scheduled to open to the community in October.

Construction on the exterior of Carlsbad Medical Center was completed in early April, and tenant improvements will soon be under way.

"As North County continues to grow, the need for health care services, particularly outpatient services, grows as well," said Chris Van Gorder, president and CEO of Scripps Health. "Scripps is proud of our investment in Carlsbad to meet the community's health care needs, which will make it easier for residents of Carlsbad and surrounding communities to access our physicians, programs and services."

Architect Rod Wright designed Carlsbad Medical Center, which offers contemporary architectural elements through a complementary mix of concrete, stone and glass finishes. Perkins & Will is providing the interior design. Ledcor Construction is both the shell and tenant improvement contractor.

Located on the northeastern rim of H.G. Fenton Co.'s master-planned Carlsbad Research Center, Carlsbad Medical Center offers spectacular back canyon views to the west, north and east.

"We are very pleased that we are able to provide a facility that will meet the growing health care needs of the Carlsbad community," said Mike Neal, president and CEO of H.G. Fenton Co. "We have a long-term commitment to Carlsbad and are proud of not only the projects we have developed here, but of the quality tenants that locate within our projects and add more value to the community."

In 2004, H.G. Fenton Co. acquired the 53-acre parcel that is the site of Carlsbad Research Center (and the largest remaining piece of employment land located west of El Camino Real in Carlsbad). H.G. Fenton Co., working with Newport National Corp., is developing a business community that consists of H.G. Fenton Company's Carlsbad Medical Center as well as Newport National's Ventana Real.

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