Los Angeles City Councilman Mitchell Englander shared a poignant story of his sister passing away in another area’s hospital emergency room lobby due to a lack of staff and services. He was determined that no one should ever experience a lack of life-saving treatment when needed locally. He pledged to work diligently toward the expansion of Holy Cross Medical Center, and did so successfully.
LA/OC Building & Construction Trades Council Executive Secretary, Robbie Hunter, addressed the crowd as to the incredible cooperation between government, labor and management to construct the Medical Center. Hunter explained that during the seeming mayhem of construction, the hospital remained open and undisturbed.
Jerry Mejia, lead construction manager of the project for general contractor Swinerton Builders-OC/IE, presented a project start-to-finish slide presentation. He included facts such as over 1 million man-hours were spent on the project. The original plans called for a LEED Certified building, but it became a LEED Silver Certified structure. This certification included low mercury fluorescent lamps, an installed drip irrigation system, implementation of a water bottle reuse program (drinking fountains also had a water bottle filling station), utilization of low emission finishes, paints/coatings, carpet, composite wood, and adhesive sealants, and over 80% of construction waste was recycled. In addition, 10% of construction materials were recycled materials and 50% of new wood materials were FSC certified.
Immediately after the Q Award presentation, all attendees enjoyed a luncheon on the Medical Center grounds. Attendees to the 2012 Q Award were construction industry, labor and management leaders, along with proud Medical Center staff.
The new 132,000 square foot expansion is one of the first LEED-certified hospital buildings in the state and the only one in California to receive a Silver rating from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s Green Building Rating System.
“The Silver LEED certified project is a testament to the commitment of continuing green technologies training and education by our union contractors and their craftsmen,” said AQC’s Chair Pam Ackrich. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for environmentally conscious “green” design. In addition, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center was recently named to the U.S. News and World Report’s list of the nation’s top hospitals.
The state of the art facility includes the first 12-bed neo-natal intensive care unit serving north San Fernando/Santa Clarita Valleys, a new Women’s Pavilion, including additional Labor & Delivery rooms, Post Partum rooms and C-Section suites, an expanded gastroenterology lab, a staff lactation lounge and a chapel. The South Wing was built in accordance to California’s most recent seismic safety guidelines, and is expected to not only withstand an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, but to remain operational to continue to treat existing patients as well as the injured.
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