Early collaborative delivery, teamwork, and aggressive schedule management are keys to helping deliver construction significantly ahead of schedule and under budget.

This is the case for Torrance Memorial’s, www.torrancememorial.org, Torrance, Calif., new $480 million Melanie and Richard Lundquist Tower. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., www.mccarthy.com, St. Louis, Mo., served as general contractor of the hospital facility, and this was completed more than four-and-a-half months early and $10 million under budget. To celebrate, the hospital hosted a community celebration on Sept. 20, 2014 and the new facility opened its doors to patients on Nov. 16, 2014.

Located at 3330 Lomita Boulevard in Torrance, Calif., 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 employs a buckling restraint braced-frame structure, and meets California’s strict seismic requirements for both the structure as well as its contents.

With the latest medical technologies, the 390,000-sq.ft. patient tower features 256 private rooms and 18 surgical and interventional treatment rooms, including the South Bay’s first hybrid operating room. And in the seven-level patient tower, the basement houses a central utility plant and a tunnel connection leading to the existing hospital facility.

The replacement hospital, designed by HMC Architects, is the new front door of the medical center, and the centerpiece of the campus. Built on an operational hospital campus in an urban site with limited access, construction was multi-phased to alleviate disruption to the operational facility. McCarthy created a detailed communication and logistics plan and closely coordinated with the hospital and subcontractors throughout the project.

Construction technology used on the Torrance Memorial project? It included BIM (building information modeling) 3D project in clash detection and coordination of the extensive overhead and in-wall MEP (manufacturing execution systems), as well as seismic bracing and exterior skin systems. The model was also leveraged to review upcoming work with the California OSHPD (Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development) inspectors, to coordinate logistics with facility management and to communicate the most cost efficient methods of implementing design changes with the owner and designers. McCarthy also developed a custom electronic plan room that hosted the BIM 3D Model, contract documents, RFI responses, submittal information, in-wall coordination elevation and closeout documents all hyperlinked to the building plans.

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