San Diego-based Pacific Building Group has renovated Scripps Green Hospital in La Jolla to accommodate a 4,700-square-foot outpatient breast care unit. The Emily Fenton Hunte Breast Care Center is now open for patient care.
The project involved remodeling a portion of the existing third floor of Scripps Green Hospital to accommodate the outpatient unit. The new center includes five treatment rooms with state-of-the-art technology and soothingly appointed diagnostic spaces, including three mammography suites, a stereotactic suite and two ultrasound rooms.
Before moving into its new space, the hospital’s breast care center was located on the first floor of the adjacent Anderson Outpatient Pavilion at Scripps Clinic Torrey Pines. The new center offers all of the same services as before, in a more patient-friendly environment.
Also included in the remodel were modifications to the existing pneumatic tube system; structural work on the rooftop and third floor to support a new HVAC system; installation of new plumbing and electrical systems; ductwork and fume exhaust for the second floor; and renovations in the fourth-floor administration areas.
“This project required great attention to detail, and knowledge of hospital health and safety codes, which our team was equipped to handle,” says Jim Roherty, President of Pacific Building Group. “The renovation has provided a means for Scripps Green to serve even more patients in an upgraded and peaceful environment. It’s a great feeling to be a part of this.”
In 2012, Scripps Green’s breast care center earned a three-year accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) for its voluntarily commitment to providing the highest level of quality breast care. During the accreditation process, the Breast Care Center demonstrated compliance with all 27 standards established by NAPBC for treating women who are diagnosed with breast disease.
Pacific Building Group worked closely with Rodriguez Park Architecture and Planning and Young + Co. Interior Design to provide Scripps Health with a facility responsive not only to the physical care of the patients but also to the emotional needs that manifest when undergoing diagnosis and treatment for breast care related diseases. The design takes advantage of natural lighting and remarkable ocean views to create a calming environment for the center.
As part of the project coordination, Pacific Building Group and Rodriguez Park worked closely using 3-D Revit models of the space to resolve space constraints within the limited attic area and to provide extensive coordination between the affected departments that remained in operation. The design and construction team made the conceptual project a reality by paying attention to the smallest details and making the design work within a very constrained space.
Pacific Building Group team members included project executive Hollis Gentry, project manager Karin Fowler, and senior superintendents Brett Doop and Dave Harper.