Submitted by Moon Mayoras Architects

The $214-million, four-story new general acute care inpatient care facility, the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Pavilion at Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, offered many challenges for the entire project team. Most of the significant challenges were the result of the initial stated objective to respect and preserve the original 1970 Eisenhower hospital building (“Ike Wing”), designed by the renowned mid-century Modernist architect Edward Durell Stone.

The Annenberg Pavilion was designed to relocate and augment the existing inpatient beds from the existing Ike Wing into a new state-of-the-art facility, while providing opportunities for adaptive reuse of the vacated building for outpatient and administrative functions.

Although originally located on a spacious expanse of land, the original hospital building site has since been populated by various additional buildings over the course of 40 years. The location of the new Annenberg Pavilion directly between the existing patient tower and the existing central plant required the painstaking relocation of 35 separate utility lines while keeping the hospital operational.

Project Team

Developer/Owner: Eisenhower Medical Center, Rancho Mirage
General Contractor: Turner Construction Co., Rancho Mirage
Construction Management: Turner Construction Co., Rancho Mirage
Architect: Moon Mayoras Architects Inc., San Diego
Civil Engineer: RBF Consulting, Palm Desert
Structural Engineer: Degenkolb Engineers, San Diego
MEP Engineer: Syska Hennessy Group, Los Angeles