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McCarthy begins work on new Scripps facility

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has preconstruction efforts under way for the new 382,000-square-foot Scripps Cardiovascular Institute and the adjacent 26,000-square-foot Central Energy Plant on the Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla campus at 9888 Genesee Ave.

McCarthy was engaged by Scripps Health-San Diego as the design assist general contractor for the $340 million construction project. Rich McMahon of Jacobs Engineering is the executive construction manager on behalf of Scripps Health. The brick and glass, 10-level, steel-framed Cardiovascular Institute will include a basement, intermediate mechanical level and rooftop mechanical level. This expansion to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla will accommodate 60 beds on two ICU levels, 108 beds on three medical surgery levels, six operating rooms, four CAATH/EP labs, one sterile processing department and one imaging department.

Additionally, a tunnel will be built to connect the basement and ground levels to the existing hospital.

The new Central Energy Plant will be a three-level, cast-in-place structure with two of the levels located below grade. The energy plant will provide the air conditioning, heating, medical gas, steam, fuel and waste storage, and emergency generators for the hospital.

Construction is scheduled to begin in July 2011 and is slated for completion January 2015 with tenant move-in in April 2015.

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabaum Inc. is the project architect; KPFF Inc. is the structural and civil engineer; X-NTH the mechanical engineer; and MWPA, the landscape architect.

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