At a ceremony held in late June, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center commenced construction of a new clinic building - one of the initial components of a $1.7-billion revamp of the hospital campus.

The new six-story building, which will be located adjacent to the main hospital building adjacent to Vermont Avenue, will stand six stories in height and feature approximately 370,000 square feet of floor area. The lower three floors of the building will house outpatient clinics and related services, while conference and education space are planned on the fourth floor, and offices for physicians and administrative staff are planned for the top floors.

The layout of the outpatient services within the building will place an orthopaedic clinic and rehabilitation services on the first floor, to aid patients with mobility challenges. Other ground-floor functions will include services for patients visiting labs, picking up prescriptions, or getting an x-ray. Specialty clinics such as oncology and surgical oncology will be located on the second floor, while the third floor offer services to patients from pregnancy through childhood and adulthood.

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Hensel Phelps, HMC Architects, and CO Architects comprise the design-build team for the roughly 370,000-square-foot building, as well as the overall revamp of the hospital campus. Completion of the clinic building is expected in Fall 2026.

The full project will also involve the construction of a nearly 550,000-square-foot inpatient tower with 346 beds, as well as a helicopter landing pad, a new parking structure, a warehouse, laboratories, and various supporting facilities.

The new construction has been prompted by SB 1953, state legislation which requires California hospitals to retrofit or rebuild aging facilities for earthquake safety by 2030. Numerous other medical centers within Los Angeles County, including Cedars-Sinai and Kaiser Permanente, have recently undertaken similar revamps.

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