McCarthy Building Companies Completes Structural Steel on St. Jude Medical Center Patient Tower

A topping out ceremony was held at the St. Jude Medical Center patient tower project on June 26, 2012 marking placement of the last steel beam on the new $285.4 million tower. The design-build project is 35% complete and is ahead of schedule.
Final steel beam is placed at St. Jude Medical Center's new patient tower.
Final steel beam is placed at St. Jude Medical Center's new patient tower.
July 27, 2012 - PRLog -- The St. Jude Medical Center patient tower project recently reached a major construction milestone when iron workers secured the final structural steel beam atop the four-level structure. Located on the northern side of the existing medical campus at Bastanchury Road and Harbor Boulevard, the $285.4 million hospital tower project is 35% complete and three days ahead of schedule. Construction began on the project in September 2011.

The design/build team of McCarthy Building Companies and TAYLOR are working with Petra-ICS (Formerly St. Joseph Health System) to build the project which includes a new patient tower, central utility plant and parking structure. Over the two month long steel erection phase, iron workers from Schuff Steel erected approximately 2,650 tons of structural steel using a 300 ton lattice boom truck crane with a reach of 250 feet.

The hospital celebrated the tower’s topping out on June 26, 2012. During the event, a ceremonial steel beam, which had been signed by hospital employees, donors and project team members, was lifted 85 feet high and then was secured to the top of the structure.  An American flag and evergreen tree adorned each end of the beam as it was raised and set in place. The flag signifies a united effort by the project team and the evergreen tree symbolizes growth, life and good luck for the construction workers and the building’s future occupants.

The following day, construction workers on the project celebrated the project milestone by holding a barbecue luncheon with the design and construction team. A banner signed by those involved in the project and an Iron Worker’s Union banner were attached to the final steel beam and lifted to the top of the structure. During the event, McCarthy gave a safety award to Schuff Steel’s foreman for his efforts to help ensure a safe work environment throughout steel erection.

An integral part of the St. Jude Medical Center’s multi-phased Master Plan, the Northwest Tower project includes construction of a 200,000-square-foot, four-story acute care building with a connecting bridge to level four of the existing hospital building and a 14,000-square-foot central utility plant. Along with architect International Parking Design of Irvine, Calif., McCarthy is adding 215 parking spaces to an existing 455-car parking structure that the firm built in 2004.

In order to meet strict California seismic regulations in compliance with Senate Bill 1953, the tower is being built with a lateral force resisting system consisting of buckling restrained braced frames (BRBF) with moment resisting beam to column connections. Additionally a lateral foundation system is being built with continuous anchor caps in conjunction with tie-down anchors.

Featuring sophisticated technologies and innovations in patient-centered care, the new 120-bed patient tower will house: private and semi/private rooms with flat-screen TVs and comfortable daybeds for family members; computers in every patient room permitting physicians and nurses to review and update medical records without leaving the patient’s bedside; 14 operating rooms with state-of-the-art “smart” surgical suites and the newest improvements in minimally invasive and robotic surgeries; and advanced information systems allowing immediate clinician collaboration. The tower will also include a spacious cafeteria, pharmacy and areas for support staff.

“Our new Northwest Tower will offer one of the most clinically-advanced environments, and will ensure exceptional medical care for this generation as well as the next,” says Lee Penrose, President and CEO, St. Jude Medical Center. “And while it will be a beautiful, state-of-the-art building, it is the skill of our medical professionals and their commitment to our patients that will make it great.”

The project is scheduled to complete in Summer 2014 and open in Fall 2014.

About McCarthy
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the nation’s eighth largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2012) and has been ranked among the top five national healthcare builders by Modern Healthcare since the magazine began its annual ranking more than 30 years ago.  As one of the largest American-based healthcare builder in the country, the firm has completed over $2.4 billion in healthcare work in Southern California alone.  In addition to Newport Beach, McCarthy has offices in San Diego, Sacramento and San Francisco, Calif.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Dallas; Houston; St. Louis; Collinsville, Ill. and Atlanta.  McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at .
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