Press Release: 10.01.2020

McCarthy Completes MarinHealth Medical Center Replacement Hospital

Healthcare facility applies holistic approach for patient-focused healing

MarinHealth Medical Center Exterior image

McCarthy, a national design-build general contractor, is pleased to announce completion of the new Oak Pavilion at MarinHealth Medical Center. In partnership with Perkins Eastman Architects and MarinHealth, the $535-million replacement building project is designed to meet the community’s changing needs and provide an exceptional healing environment for patients and caregivers alike.

“The new hospital is opening at a time when access to high-quality healthcare is more essential than ever, and our project partners did an amazing job of adapting to the current COVID-19 landscape, quickly and safely, to deliver an advanced, modern facility that is fully equipped to respond to the needs of the region,” said Dr. David Klein, Chief Executive Officer, MarinHealth. “Our new Oak Pavilion is an amazing healing environment that will serve the North Bay for decades to come.”

The new, five-story, 260,000-square-foot acute care hospital building houses 114 private patient rooms; an expanded emergency department and trauma center with separate entrances and treatment areas for trauma, psychiatric and high-security patients; and six operating rooms, three of which are equipped with state-of-the-art Interventional Radiology equipment.

MarinHealth Medical Center Courtyard

To ensure a smooth delivery with minimal change orders, the project was executed using a combination of the Progressive Design-Build method and OSHPD’s collaborative review process. The shared relationship between all parties allowed the team to ensure the project’s compliance with the latest state-mandated earthquake standards, overcome challenges inherent in the site’s topography and proximity to the existing facility, and to rapidly respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project utilized McCarthy’s EQUIP program, which involved self-perform procurement and installation of 7,673 new pieces of medical equipment, the transfer of 1,169 pieces from the hospital’s existing building and plans to incorporate 37 additional pieces. With EQUIP, the building team coordinates directly with the project’s engineering trades and vendors to oversee the equipment start-up, testing, commission and training phases. The outcome results in minimal design changes, surety of delivery and installation and the project’s overall speed to market.

Supporting an all-inclusive approach to healing the whole patient, the hospital leverages its natural surroundings, as well as best practices in modern healthcare building and design. Each patient room contains floor-to-ceiling windows with views of either Mount Tamalpais or the hospital’s gardens that maximize natural light. Designated zones allow staff the space to seamlessly maneuver equipment, as well as room to unfold a cot for overnight visitors. The absence of nurse station columns, commonly found in hospital layouts, provides clear sight lines for monitoring patients.

MarinHealth Medical Center state-of-the-art technology

Among the hospital’s most prominent highlights is the sunken garden. Multilevel indoor and outdoor patio areas offer impressive views of beautiful, board-formed, colored concrete walls supporting tiered plants, trees and hand-picked granite boulders expertly locked in place. The curved curtain wall and glass handrails complement and mirror the hospital’s hillside garden.

A reflection of the region’s sustainability values, the new Oak Pavilion is positioned for LEED Gold certification. Several features are incorporated to enhance the facility’s energy efficiency and high performance, including a modular, heat pump chiller as the primary and emergency heating and cooling source; silver ion water filtration to reduce pathogens and bacteria; power, water and sewer systems to sustain the hospital for up to four days; and independently valved ventilation systems capable of converting individual rooms or zones into quarantine spaces to manage infectious patient surges.

“Since inception, every aspect of the MarinHealth Medical Center has demonstrated the team’s commitment to providing an advanced, top quality healing environment to the community and its dedicated healthcare professionals,” said Angeles Garcia, McCarthy Project Executive overseeing the hospital’s completion. “As the North Bay’s premier healthcare destination, it is paramount that we deliver a state-of-the-art, safe space for patients to heal and caregivers to conduct their best work. The end-result is an exceptional facility that directly reflects both the needs and values of this region.”

About McCarthy

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 9th largest domestic builder (Engineering News-Record, May 2020). With approximately 5,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

About MarinHealth

MarinHealth encompasses respected local healthcare resources that have served the Marin County community since 1952. Marin County residents appreciate Marin’s healthy lifestyle and transformative natural environment. In keeping with the values and needs of this unique community, MarinHealth is dedicated to treating the whole patient, mind, body, and spirit. MarinHealth Medical Center, the MarinHealth Medical Network, and their ancillary services all share the same patient-centric philosophy of care. For additional information, please visit

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