On the northern edge of the UC Irvine campus, construction is in full swing for a $1.3-billion project which will result in a new acute care hospital complex and other associated facilities.

Rendering of UCI Medical Center IrvineKilograph

The project, which is intended to complement UCI Medical Center in the City of Orange, is centered on a new 350,000-square-foot structure which will include 144 patient beds. Other elements of the project include

  • the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Ambulatory Care building - a 225,000-square-foot facility offering cancer care, as well as an adult hematopoietic stem cell/bone marrow transplant program;
  • the UCI Health Center for Advanced Care - a 168,000-square-foot complex with adult primary and specialty care services, laboratory and radiology facilities, imaging, and urgent care; and
  • the Center for Children’s Health, which will provide pediatric outpatient services.

Additionally, work is underway for a new parking structure with space for 1,400 vehicles.

The various components of the project will open between early 2023 and 2025.

Construction of UCI Medical Center IrvineKelvin Cheng

CO Architects is serving as architect for the complex, while Hensel Phelps is its general contractor.

“We are creating this new commitment to wellness and superb healthcare for all persons in our community, which will also improve how care is delivered far beyond our borders,” said Steve A.N. Goldstein, UCI's vice chancellor for health affairs at the time of the project's groundbreaking in November 2021. “Soon we will open up this new medical complex in phases, and each step will be another sign of the longstanding UCI Health mission to improve the well-being of individuals and communities through this virtuous cycle – discover, teach, heal – a process that promises continuous improvement in care and a healthier tomorrow for everyone.”