CHULA VISTA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center broke ground on a $244 million, 197,000-square-foot hospital tower on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The new tower will add 138 private patient rooms, six large operating rooms, a rooftop café and more to meet the needs of the growing South County region of San Diego.
"We're committed to expanding Sharp Chula Vista as this binational community continues to grow," said Pablo Velez, Ph.D., RN, chief executive officer at Sharp Chula Vista. "An important part of that commitment includes building quickly and efficiently and be [sic] good stewards of the funds entrusted to us."
The total cost to build the new tower is $244 million — an increase from $239 million because of a $5 million approval to build a hybrid procedure room. The project is Sharp HealthCare's largest single investment to date and is being funded through philanthropic donations to Sharp HealthCare Foundation, bonds, cash reserves and the Medi-Cal hospital fee program.
The design-build team for the project includes Hensel Phelps, SmithGroupJJR and AVRP Studios. The grand opening of the new hospital at Sharp Chula Vista is anticipated in 2019.
"What really makes this project special is that so many of the craftsmen on the project call the South Bay home and utilize Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center for their health care needs," says Damian Buessing, director of operations at Hensel Phelps. "Their hard work will help create a place of healing that will serve their families and the community for generations to come."
A great hospital provides clinical excellence with thoughtful consideration for the people it is privileged to serve. As a Planetree-designated hospital, Sharp Chula Vista's new tower will include:
138 private patient rooms, including 10 intensive care suites
5 high-tech surgical suites
1 unique and versatile hybrid operating room
Redesigned main entrance and lobby
Rooftop café with panoramic views of San Diego
Additional space for support services, including pharmacy and kitchen
Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center is a 343-bed hospital with the largest array of health care services in San Diego's South Bay. A Designated Planetree Patient-Centered Care Hospital, Sharp Chula Vista is home to the region's most comprehensive heart program and also offers exceptional services for orthopedic care and women and infants. The Douglas & Nancy Barnhart Cancer Center offers patients the most advanced treatment technology, a unique healing environment and an extraordinary level of care. Sharp Chula Vista is the largest health care provider and one of the largest private employers in South County, employing more than 2,000 staff and maintaining privileges with nearly 500 affiliated physicians.
About Hensel Phelps, SmithGroupJJR and AVRP Studios
Hensel Phelps is recognized as one of the premier general contracting firms in the United States since 1937, specializing in planning, building and managing facilities in every building sector, including health care, aviation, higher education, federal and justice. Our people are committed to delivering the highest quality solutions and creating the most innovative and efficient facilities for our clients, from conception through construction, operations and asset management. As one of San Diego's largest construction employers, our firm has been an engaged community partner in San Diego for over 30 years.
SmithGroupJJR is the ninth largest health care architecture firm in the United States as ranked in the 2015 "Giants" edition of Building Design + Construction magazine. The SmithGroupJJR Health Practice provides clients with comprehensive health care design services, from strategic planning to operational programming, and is a proven leader in design-build delivery. It emphasizes informed design solutions that support better patient outcomes. An international firm with nearly 25 years of experience in Southern California, SmithGroupJJR works with many of the nation's top health care providers, including Sharp HealthCare, Kaiser Permanente, Cedars-Sinai, Sutter Health, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Emory University Hospital and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
AVRP Studios is a leading architectural, interior design and planning firm in Southern California. Innovation, creativity and collaboration drive us. We are passionate about great design and the creation of places for people with our clients' involvement. Our firm is built around an organization that encourages the creative process, innovation across industries and the involvement of our client across all of our studios. Our award winning history serves as an example in our resolve and dedication to our client's involvement in the creative process.