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McCarthy Building Companies Inc. is in the middle of constructing a new health care facility at a local hospital that will expand its services to the young people of Southern California.

The company is on schedule and has raised the structural steel frame on the new Acute Care Pavilion at the Rady Children's Hospital that, when completed, will provided better services for the only dedicated child-specific medical center in the region.

The new 279,000-square-foot facility in Kearny Mesa will house a surgical center, complete with a neo-natal intensive care center and cancer center to aid in fulfilling the increasing demand for children's critical care in the San Diego area.

In addition, the Pavilion will include a 10-bed bone marrow transplant intensive care unit, 16 operating rooms with associated support departments, a 28-bed hematology and oncology unit, a 32-bed neo-natal intensive care unit and 84 acuity adaptable medical surgery beds.

A new 279,000-square-foot Acute Care Pavilion at the Rady Children’s Hospital will house a neo-natal intensive care center and a cancer center.

San Francisco-based architectural firm Anshen and Allen designed the building, which will feature a glass fiber reinforced precast concrete exterior; dimensional travertine stone; storefront and curtain wall glass systems with colored accents; and metal panels, railings and canopies.

Construction of the project started at the end of 2007 and completion is slated for the spring of 2010.

"McCarthy competed against most of the major health care contractors in the Southern California area for this project, but the exceptionally professional team assembled by McCarthy sold Rady Children's management on McCarthy," said Tim Jacoby, project executive for Rady Children's Hospital. "To date, the team has performed superbly, and we fully expect their commitment to this project to continue and to complete the project on schedule and in budget."

Children's Hospital said its goal for the $260 million project is to be as environmentally friendly as possible and to be LEED certified.

"Building green is a growing trend in the health care industry," said Ben Meyers, project director for McCarthy. "It contributes to improving the building environment that the patients and staff come in contact with every day, making sure the building is not only environmentally friendly, but people friendly as well.

"That's accomplished by the use of specified materials and coatings as well as the judicious use of indoor air-quality monitoring and management."

Also, the new facility is designed to maximize natural light, utilize high-efficiency air conditioning and mechanical equipment that will provide low operating costs, and ones that positively impact the ongoing operation of the hospital. In addition, the building will feature a green roof system, which will help control the runoff from rainstorms.

The four-story patient care center will connect to the hospital via a bridge and will be seen from Interstate 805.

Others involved in the construction of this project include KPFF, structural engineer; RBF, civil engineer; Randall Lamb, electrical engineer; Shadpour Consulting Engineers, mechanical engineer; and Royston Hanamoto Alley & Abey, landscape architect.

McCarthy has also completed design and build services for an adjacent 332,279-square-foot parking structure with 1,000 spaces and a podium deck for the future new Ronald McDonald House.

"Those of us at McCarthy have been inspired by the commitment of the Children's Hospital staff, and their passion to see this project brought to life has further motivated our team," Meyers said. "We understand that this is not just another construction project, but as part of the Acute Care Pavilion project team, we understand this is truly a life-saving mission we will be undertaking on behalf of the parents and their kids."

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