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Construction is complete on Torrance Memorial’s new $480 mil Melanie and Richard Lundquist Tower. McCarthy Building Companies Inc served as general contractor of the hospital facility, which was delivered over four-and-a-half months early and $10 mil under budget.

Located on an existing medical center site at 3330 Lomita Blvd in Torrance, the Lundquist Tower replaces Torrance Memorial’s original facility built in 1971, which no longer meets state seismic regulations for an acute care facility. The new tower utilizes a buckling restraint braced-frame structure, and meets California’s strict seismic requirements for both the structure as well as its contents.

The 390k sf patient tower features the latest medical technologies, 256 private rooms and 18 surgical and interventional treatment rooms, including the South Bay’s first hybrid operating room. The basement in the seven-level patient tower houses a central utility plant and a tunnel connection leading to the existing hospital facility.

Designed by HMC Architects, the replacement hospital serves as the new front door of the medical center, and the centerpiece of the campus. A water feature greets patients at the tower’s entrance and leads to a bright and expansive lobby. An indoor-outdoor cafeteria, gift shop, admittance services and a spiritual room are easily accessible on the first floor.

In addition to providing state-of-the-art medical technology, the tower’s patient-centered design addresses the comfort of visiting family members by incorporating family–friendly lounges and overnight spaces. Expansive windows are located throughout the patient rooms, waiting rooms and pre- and post-operation areas to take advantage of natural daylight and views, and outdoor gardens between the new and existing facility provide a serene and healing space for patients, visitors and staff.

“The Lundquist Tower represents a state-of-the-art facility which supports an enriched patient-centered approach to the delivery of health care by staff and the enhanced continuum of care patients receive,” said Chuck Eyberg, principal, HMC Architects. “The new tower’s function is fully integrated with the existing facility on multiple levels through a network of strategically planned connectors, bridges and corridors linking the new tower with the existing facility and the remainder of the campus.”

The tower’s exterior skin is a combination of metal panel, precast concrete, plaster and curtain wall. The variety of materials for the tower’s façade not only responds to the correct solar orientation to reduce energy consumption, but it also gives the tower a contemporary and elegant aesthetic.

Incorporating sustainable features equivalent to the same standards required of a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) silver certified structure, some of the tower’s eco-sensitive design features include individual temperature controls to reduce energy, a white roof to minimize heat gain, low-level perimeter building lighting to reduce light pollution, recycled content and environmentally friendly finishes, as well as the use of water efficient landscaping and a healing garden to reduce the “heat island effect” from excessive use of hardscape. McCarthy implemented sustainable construction methods throughout the project including recycling approximately 80 percent of construction waste, maintaining proper indoor air quality and utilizing local labor.

Other project team members include: Pfeiler & Associates, Chino Hills, civil engineer; KPFF Consulting Engineers, Irvine, structural engineer; and TMAD Taylor & Gaines of Anaheim, MEP engineer. Major subcontractors involved in the design-assist process include: Capparelli/KHS&S, Anaheim, drywall; Control Air, La Palma, HVAC; Morrow Meadows, City of Industry, electrical and low voltage; Murray Company, Rancho Dominguez, mechanical piping & plumbing; and Herrick, Stockton, structural steel.

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