Submitted by McCarthy Building Cos.

The latest in advanced diagnostic and patient care services are housed within the new $99.8-million, 106,465-sq-ft Mission Hospital Patient Care Tower in Mission Viejo. The new tower houses 24 medical-surgical beds, 20 ICU beds, diagnostic imaging, nuclear medicine, a linear accelerator, and a meditation garden with mechanical space in the basement. It connects with the main hospital via an underground tunnel and a new 175-ft-long pedestrian bridge on the third floor.

The expansion also includes a new chapel available to patients and visitors of all faiths 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The Mission Hospital Patient Care Tower took 30 months to build, meeting its goal for on-time completion even with additional scope added to the project.

A proactive approach by the facility team allowed for developing time and cost saving solutions for this complex healthcare project. The team overcame some of the schedule challenges by revising schedule activities and accelerating some of the upfront activities. However, the utilization of BIM 3D modeling for the above-ceiling utilities, in-wall coordination and the structure’s complex exterior skin provided the most value to the schedule and budget.

Project Team

Developer/Owner: St. Joseph Health System, La Palma
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Cos. Inc., Newport Beach
Architect: RBB Architects Inc., Los Angeles
Civil Engineer: Halladay & Mim Mack Inc., Corona
Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers, Los Angeles
MEP Engineers: HDR, Pasadena (Mechanical & Plumbing) and N.A. Cohen Group Inc., Encino (Electrical)