New Bed Tower and Central Plant
IMEG provided engineering design and service for a new seven-story (plus basement) patient care tower and central plant, along with a 50,000-sf renovation to the existing Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC). Spaces in the new tower included pediatric surgical suites, radiology, laboratory, pathology, and emergency department. The hospital now totals 300 beds and has a state-of-the-art NICU.
CHOC is designed to be one of the safest hospitals in the country, with innovative concepts used from aerospace, aviation, and manufacturing sectors. Each private patient room is identical, with supplies and equipment located in exactly the same place to reduce errors by the healthcare team. Nursing alcoves located in each room give nurses closer access to patients. Engineers provided advanced ergonomic design, including curved walls and adjustable height work stations. Flooring materials, wall coverings, and ceiling tiles were chosen to safeguard vulnerable patients from infection. HEPA air filtration systems, hands-free lavatories, and faucets with minimal water flow duration were designed to encourage sufficient handwashing practices to reduce infections.
Associated General Contractors Association (AGC), Alliant Build America, 2014