An initial study published by the Los Angeles Department of City Planning provides new information about Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center's proposed $200-million expansion.

CHA Health Systems, owner of the medical campus at 1300 N. Vermont Avenue, filed plans earlier this year to add a five-story structure which would serve as the new home of its emergency department.  The proposed building, currently labeled as the "Acute Care Replacement Hospital Building," would also house operations for Hollywood Presbyterian's surgical and NICU departments, as well as various ancillary functions.

The project is necessitated by new seismic standards from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, which has mandated the replacement of several of the hospital's older buildings by the year 2030.  The existing structures on the 10-acre campus were built piecemeal between the early 1920s and 1990.

Renderings of the replacement building, which is being designed by KMD Architects, portray a contemporary concrete-frame structure clad with metal and a glass curtain wall.

Previous statements issued by CHA Health Systems indicate that completion is expected by 2019, following the construction of a new parking garage for the hospital.