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Building health care facilities requires an understanding of complex regulations and the always-changing medical environment. With an in-depth understanding of construction, Rudolph and Sletten is able to balance budgets, schedules, and the functional and aesthetic requirements of health care facilities. The company has been consistently ranked as one of the top health care builders in the West.

Rudolph and Sletten builds new facilities to accommodate the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies including X-ray units, fluoroscopy tables, CT scanners, PET-CT scanners, MRIs, linear accelerators, cardiac catheterization labs, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, proton therapy vaults, robotic surgical systems and robotic pharmacy systems. The company’s project managers know how to work with the high-density concrete and the incorporation of lead and steel to best aid in the protection of the technicians and hospital staff. They can also address the limited land challenges that often affect medical facilities requiring site specific attention to foundations and utilities, proximity to adjacent structures, unique sound and vibration concerns, connectivity with surrounding buildings, limited disruptions of existing building services and phased construction.

As Rudolph and Sletten works to build and update hospitals throughout the state to meet stringent regulations for seismic upgrades, it is conscious of the rigorous approval process. Rudolph and Sletten managers work closely with hospital designers to obtain approval on critical sequencing issues, to expedite the construction process and ensure that the state’s building requirements are met.

“We provide our team with a unique health care-focused construction training that includes expertise in infection control, site planning, logistics, working around operating facilities and understanding OSHPD requirements,” said Rene Olivo, vice president of Rudolph and Sletten operations in San Diego. “And very few in our industry have an in-house MEP team that excels in complex health care projects like we do.”

It’s this high level of health care construction knowledge that led to the selection of Rudolph and Sletten for the design-build of Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Group’s new Wellness Center in downtown San Diego.

Rudolph and Sletten and AVRP Studios have been selected to oversee the design and construction of the new 66,000-square-foot medical office building that will offer services such as family medicine, internal medicine, urgent care, occupational medicine, radiology, physical therapy and specialty practices such as allergy, dermatology, endocrinology, neurology, optometry, podiatry and rheumatology. The new three-story building will contain 100 exam rooms, 36 physician offices and 20 administration offices as well as specialty and support rooms.

“Sharp Rees-Stealy is thrilled with the design for our new Downtown Medical Center,” said Donna Mills, CEO Sharp Healthcare. “The bold new concepts set the stage for our next century of service to the downtown San Diego community.”

Rudolph and Sletten will also construct a 300-stall parking garage with one level below grade and 4 levels above. Construction is set to begin early next year.

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