Press Release: 09.11.2014

Surgery Center Takes Shape

The Heart and Vascular Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in on track for a March 2015 completion.

Grossmont Healthcare District
Grossmont Hospital Heart and Vascular Center
La Mesa, California

“Our commitment is not only to meet the needs of the East San Diego community, but to do so in a manner that embraces a culture of caring, compassion, innovation and excellence. This project is helping us to keep that commitment.”
— Maryann Cone, chief operating officer, Sharp Grossmont Hospital

Construction progress hasn’t missed a beat on the new 71,000-square-foot Heart and Vascular Center at Sharp Grossmont Hospital, located in La Mesa within East San Diego County. The project team held a topping out ceremony June 20 and expects construction completion in March 2015.

This taxpayer-funded project, estimated at $60 million, is being performed by McCarthy as the general contractor on behalf of the Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD), with CEO Barry Jantz and the publicly elected GHD board members providing oversight. Sharp HealthCare is the operator of Sharp Grossmont through a 30-year lease executed with the District in 1991.

“The Sharp Grossmont Heart and Vascular Center project embodies the principles that McCarthy has lived by since being founded 150 years ago: A ‘We Attitude’, ‘Client-Focused Perspective’, and ‘Genuine Approach’ that places respect for the work we do and the people who do it above all else,” said Project Director Jason Mrozek, as part of his remarks during the topping out ceremony. “On a project such as this one, it’s easy to see the power of teamwork and how well everything comes together when team members understand what the project means to the community and the owner, and all move in the same direction.”

Designed by KMD Architects, the Heart and Vascular Center will be a cast-in-place, concrete structure with spread footings and a structural steel moment frame, with one level below ground and two levels above. Construction of this facility will allow for expansion of the hospital’s existing surgery department and provide new multipurpose procedural rooms with the flexibility to support a wide range of specialties, including general surgery, minimally invasive surgery, image-guided surgery and endovascular interventional procedures. 

When completed this spring, the building will encompass four new hybrid operating rooms, four new catheterization labs, pharmacy, clinical laboratory, materials management services area and loading dock. A covered walkway will connect to the existing Women’s Center on Level A. The new building will allow for the relocation of the hospital’s existing pharmacy and clinical laboratory space to meet current seismic criteria.

The new Heart and Vascular Center is being built on a tight site within a small footprint of the busy hospital campus, adjacent to the hospital’s existing operating rooms and cardiac catheterization labs.

 “Construction work has required careful coordination and close management of the construction schedule to minimize any disruption to campus operations,” said McCarthy Project Manager Todd Foos. “To date, the project has gone smoothly, and we’ve experienced no time delays. More impressive is there has been zero lost time due to injuries. Every person working on the project has been able to return home safely to their families at the end of each work day.”

The project scope for McCarthy encompasses shoring, foundations, structure and build-out of Levels A and B. Level 1 will be provided as a shell space to accommodate the future build-out of a catheterization lab and operating rooms.

KPFF Consulting Engineers is the structural and civil engineer; Randall Lamb is the electrical and mechanical engineer; and Wimmer Yamada and Caughey is the landscape architect.

Proposition G, a $247 million bond measure approved by voters of the East County region in June 2006, is the source of funding for the project. As proposed in the hospital’s Facilities Master Site Plan, Prop. G is funding several other infrastructure construction improvements. 

“We’re grateful to the taxpayers and voters of East County who approved the public financing that is paying for construction of the Heart and Vascular Center and other state-of-the-art facilities at their publicly-owned hospital,” said Bob Ayres, vice president, Grossmont Healthcare District board of directors. “The new Heart and Vascular Center is just one component of an overall master site plan, which includes multiple projects over many years.”

McCarthy is also in the process of building the new $46 million Central Energy Plant at Sharp Grossmont, also being financed by Prop. G. The three-story, 18,400-square-foot energy plant will include electrical switchgear, emergency generators, cooling towers, chillers, fuel tanks, medical gas tanks and various mechanical equipment that will help meet future capacity needs of the hospital. The plant also will include a control and locker room for facilities management personnel.

The new energy plant will contain a new, state-of-the-art cogeneration combustion turbine generator. While not part of the bond-related construction, the cogeneration equipment will complement the efficiencies of the Central Energy Plant and help save millions of dollars in energy costs while reducing the hospital’s emission of greenhouse gas pollutants by 90 percent. Construction of the Central Energy Plant began last September and is currently scheduled for completion in late 2015. 

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