A jewel in the already impressive collection of state-of-the-art hospitals in California is the Palomar Medical Center. The 740,000-foot 11-story facility opened in 2012.
The medical center features 288 private single-patient rooms, 44 emergency and trauma rooms and 11 operating rooms. The 56-acre campus will expand in phases – up to double its current size – to meet the developing needs of this North San Diego County community. Ycology was fortunate to participate in the construction of hundreds of the hospital’s spaces, including extensive use of high-density strategies in sterile processing, materials management, OR cores, catheterization labs, gastroenterology labs, and other departments. This work helped save tens of thousands of square feet of new construction, saving millions of dollars and improving the usability of the facility. In addition, these systems achieve a primary goal of surviving earthquakes up to 8.5 on the Richter scale.
As one of the country’s largest hospital construction projects and the first new North County San Diego hospital in 30 years, the new campus has already captured the attention of health care professionals worldwide for its use of nature, light and space – all aligned with healing. Among the natural features is a 1.5-acre green roof that sits atop the second floor, lush with drought-resistant vegetation with beautiful views of scenery and architecture.
The clean core shown above highlights the unique and highly functional natural light well design CO Architects specified. While quite a feat of engineering on it’s own, the effect of the abundant natural light in the core improves all aspects of operations, including accuracy when selecting supplies. The highly flexible and mobile supply storage installed solved a variety of regulatory and infection control issues for the client, and integrates well with Palomar’s state of the art control systems.