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Design-Build Team to Deliver Upgrade of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

An investment centered on humanity, sustainability, and exceptional care with an eye toward the future


Los Angeles, Calif. (March 17, 2022) — The design-build team of Hensel Phelps | HMC Architects | CO Architects has been selected to lead the design and construction of a new Harbor-UCLA Medical Center Replacement Program.


The program will consolidate medical services into new facilities on the 72-acre campus and ensure Harbor-UCLA Medical Center complies with Senate Bill 1953, which takes effect in 2030 and requires all California hospitals to be structurally resilient in the event of a major earthquake.


On Feb. 8th, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the $1.695-billion capital project for the medical center in West Carson, Calif.


“I’m excited to lead this design-build team of healthcare design and construction experts to deliver this magnificent, state-of-the-art facility,” Hensel Phelps Program Manager Sandra Ichiho, RA, LEED AP, said. “Through this project, the County will create hundreds of local jobs and millions of dollars in business opportunities for the local community.”


The project consists of new construction of a 468,000-square-foot acute care inpatient tower with 346 beds, a helicopter landing pad, and an 11,000-square-foot warehouse; a 403,000-square-foot outpatient treatment and support building and 381,000-square-foot above-grade parking structure; a 23,000-square-foot facilities and IT support building, and a new 24,000-square-foot central plant.


Consolidating inpatient and outpatient services into new buildings that optimize operational effectiveness, the medical center project reduces operation and maintenance costs, provides outpatient facilities that accommodate planned patient visits, implements the county’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Development (LEED) requirements by incorporating sustainable design features, and creates a campus designed for the well-being of patients and staff.


“Adding a million square feet to an existing 70-year-old campus creates significant planning and cost challenges,” HMC Architects’ Healthcare Practice Leader Kirk Rose, AIA, DBIA, said. “Our design will optimize operational flow and throughput, arrange the program at a very efficient cost, and create a beautiful new outdoor space for community enjoyment.”


Targeting LEED Gold certification, the medical center upgrade will develop a modern campus that serves the community’s healthcare needs while also aiming to protect the environment in which it’s built.


“The new Harbor-UCLA Medical Center will consolidate the patient experience around a central park, providing easy wayfinding and access to both inpatient and outpatient services through this natural center,” CO Architects’ Principal Gina Chang, AIA, EDAC, said. “In the new facility, staff and caregivers will have a structure of team-based spaces that emphasize collaboration and the delivery of high-quality healthcare, as well as spaces that enable teaching in both clinical and educational environments.”


In addition to the collaborative design-build team of Hensel Phelps | HMC Architects | CO Architects, the project will benefit from the expertise of the following team members: Bennett Group, Helipad Consultant; Bruce A. Miller & Associates, Agency Expediter; Chambers Equipment Consulting, Medical Equipment Consultant; Choate Parking Consultants, Parking Design Architect; Control Air Conditioning Corp./ACCO, Mechanical Engineer; Cosco Fire Protection, Fire Protection; CPP Wind Engineering, Wind Consultant; Degenkolb Engineers, Structural Engineer (inpatient); ETS Lindgren, Medical Shielding-MRI; Gibson Transportation Consulting, Traffic and Transportation Engineer; HLB, Specialty Lighting; *JCE Structural Engineers, Structural Engineer (outpatient); Langan, Geotechnical Engineer; Nevell Group/Standard JV, Framing/Drywall; P2S, Inc., MEP Engineer; Pan Pacific Mechanical, Plumbing Engineer; Quality Assurance Services, Radiation Shielding; *Rosendin Meadows JV, Electrical Engineer; St. Onge Company, Materials Management; *The Solis Group, Outreach Consultant; Square Peg Design, Signage Consultant; *Studio-MLA, Landscape Architect; Syska Hennessy, Vertical Transportation; Thornton Tomasetti, Acoustic/Noise/Vibration/LEED/ Envision/Façade/Waterproofing/Protective Design; *VCA Engineers, Civil Engineer; *Webb Food Service Design, Food Service Design; Wöden Fire, Code/Fire/Life Safety (* denotes CBE firm).


About Hensel Phelps:

As one of the largest employee-owned general contractors in the U.S., Hensel Phelps is driven to deliver excellence in all we do while ensuring our continued growth and success for generations to come. We develop, build, and maintain inspired landmarks that turn our clients’ aspirations into reality. Hensel Phelps is committed to continuing our legacy—not only through brick-and-mortar landmarks but through the integrity of our team members and relationships. As ENR’s #5 Top 100 Design-Build Companies (2021), #4 Top 100 Green Contractors (2021), and #12 Top 400 Contractors (2021), we continue to explore new markets and partnerships, invest in diversity, give back to our communities, and create new opportunities to serve all those aspiring to build a better future.


About HMC Architects:

Founded in 1940 with the purpose of anticipating community needs, HMC Architects aims to create designs that have a positive impact, now and into the future. We focus primarily on opportunities to have the most direct contribution to communities—through healthcare, education, and civic spaces. HMC has 290 employees and six offices throughout the state of California.


About CO Architects:

Los Angeles-based CO Architects is nationally recognized for architectural planning, programming, and design in the healthcare, science and technology, and higher education sectors, and works with leading institutions from coast to coast. CO Architects’ specialized expertise includes transformative schools of medicine and health professions, advanced research and teaching laboratories, and innovative clinical facilities on higher education, healthcare, and urban campuses. The firm has been nationally and internationally recognized with more than 195 awards for innovative design and project delivery, including the American Institute of Architects California’s Architecture Firm of the Year Award.