St. Jude Medical Center
Healthcare — Fullerton, CA

St. Jude Medical Center

This state-of-the-art healthcare facility consists of a four-story, 200,000-square-foot hospital wing connected to an existing tower on the first and fourth floors. Featuring sophisticated technologies and innovations in patient-centered care, the new, 120-bed patient tower houses private and semi/private rooms, 14 operating rooms with “smart” surgical suites, a spacious cafeteria, materials management, pharmacy and areas for support staff.

The project also entailed construction of a 20,000-square-foot central utility plant, a 215-car parking structure expansion and rerouting of major site utilities on an active medical campus. Built to replace a seismically noncompliant tower, the Northwest Tower was designed to meet California’s strict seismic requirements for both the structure as well as its contents.

In keeping with the social sustainability goals of the project, the new tower incorporates many environmentally sustainable features such as an energy efficient building envelope, which incorporates high performance window glazing, sunshading and well-insulated walls and roof. Mechanical systems also improve energy efficiency by utilizing a 100 percent outside air system with heat recovery that yields superior indoor air quality and infection control.

The St. Jude Medical Center Northwest Tower project benefitted from the latest construction technology. BIM 3D, 4D and 5D were successfully used to tie the model to constructability, cost and schedule.

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  • Taylor Design

SJHS has determined that the best way to understand, evaluate and make decisions at each critical point of the project during design, is through the use of BIM tools. This has streamlined the decision-making process and given us the opportunity to quickly evaluate and analyze "What if" scenarios. The BIM tools are a benefit to all stakeholders on the project team.

Jim Bostic, AVP Construction Division
St Joseph Health System in Southern California


Shaun Sleeth

Shaun Sleeth

3721 Douglas Blvd
Suite 180
Roseville, CA 95661

Awards and Recognition

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2015 Alliant Build America Award

Design-Build Merit Winner
St. Jude Medical Center
AGC of America

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2015 Alliant Build America Award

Partnering Excellence
St. Jude Medical Center
AGC of America

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2014 DBIA Distinction Award

St. Jude Medical Center
Design-Build Institute of America

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2014 Melvin McCarthy Award

Excellence in Quality Management
St. Jude Medical Center
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.