Originally built in 1972 with 12 beds, the expanded emergency department will nearly double its patient capacity with space for future expansion.
San Diego-based general contractor Pacific Building Group today raised the final beam to complete or “top out” the steel structure of Alvarado Hospital Medical Center’s expanded emergency department while 100 guests looked on. Hospital staff and community members signed the beam, now situated within the structure.
When complete in early 2018, the 21,000 square-foot projects will provide a newly-renovated, state-of-the-art facility to the community. Originally built in 1972 with 12 beds, the updated space will offer 21 beds on the first floor, as well as a designated staff area and shell space for future expansion on the second floor.
“The expansion will greatly enhance the ability of Alvarado Hospital’s Emergency Department to function as a certified heart attack STEMI center and certified primary stroke center, and make it a more effective destination for emergency care,” says Ben Macapugay, Marketing Manager at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center.
In addition to the main building expansion, Pacific Building Group is completing an expanded covered driveway to the ambulance entrance; improving the adjacent emergency department parking lot; adding street lighting and sidewalks along Reservoir Drive; adding new landscaping; and adding a new emergency generator and main-hospital power upgraded transformer.
“Pacific Building Group was tasked with creating a high-performance facility that would better accommodate and complement the medical talent within these walls,” says Jim Roherty, President of Pacific Building Group. “Completing Alvarado Hospital Emergency Department’s new steel structure marks a significant milestone in this process. We look forward to completing the project next year and providing the community with a building for state-of-the art emergency medicine services.”