Six months after breaking ground, the first component of the $1.7-billion revamp of the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center campus is starting to take shape.

The hospital's new clinic building, a six-story structure adjacent to the main hospital building along to Vermont Avenue, will house approximately 370,000 square feet of floor area, with lower levels dedicated to outpatient clinics and related service. Plans call for conference and education space on the fourth floor and offices for physicians and administrative staff are on the two upper levels.

Locating outpatient facilities on the lower floors, including an orthopaedic clinic and rehabilitation facility on the first floor, is intended to help patients with mobility challenges. Other ground-level facilities will include services for patients visiting labs, picking up prescriptions, and getting x-rays. Specialty clinics, like those serving oncology patients, will be located on the second floor, while the third floor will provide services to patients from pregnancy through early childhood and adulthood.

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Hensel Phelps, HMC Architects, and CO Architects headline the design-build team for the clinic building, which is expected to be completed in Fall 2026.

The overall revamp of the hospital campus 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 rebuilds.

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