McCarthy building companies begins construction on Kaiser Permanente’s new Fontana replacement Hospital Designed by HMC Architects

                 The replacement hospital will be one of the largest healthcare facilities in the Inland Empire

Fontana, CALIF., — May 11, 2009 — McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., (, one of Southern California’s preeminent healthcare builders, is beginning construction on a new hospital, central plant and support building for Kaiser Permanente in Fontana. Located on the southern end of the existing Kaiser Permanente Fontana Medical Center site, the hospital facility will replace the existing hospital tower at the campus which will later be converted for outpatient use. The project, designed by HMC Architects, ( ), officially begins construction during a groundbreaking ceremony hosted by Kaiser Permanente on May 8.

“We are thrilled to begin construction on our new state-of-the-art hospital facility,” said Greg Christian, executive director of Kaiser Permanente’s Fontana and Ontario Medical Centers . “We are building the new facility to provide our members with state-of-the-art medical services and to meet the new, more rigorous seismic safety standards established by the state of California . Once completed, our new hospital will be one of the largest and most innovative healthcare facilities in the Inland Empire .”

Serving as the general contractor for the project, McCarthy’s contract entails construction of a new member and doctor parking lot as well as the relocation of utilities prior to constructing a 314-bed, 481,000-square-foot hospital, a 50,000-square foot hospital support building and a 23,000-square-foot central utility plant. The new seven-level hospital features a plaster and curtain wall exterior with a structural braced-frame core. McCarthy has been constructing the parking lot and preparing the site for construction of the replacement hospital since October 2008.

The new hospital is being built just 25 feet away from the existing hospital and 70 feet away from other operational medical facilities. “Building a major hospital facility on an extremely tight site surrounded by an operational medical center will take a great deal of planning and coordination,” said McCarthy Project Director Stephen Green. “To minimize disruption to the existing facilities, McCarthy will collaborate closely with hospital administration and project subcontractors and suppliers. We will also utilize ‘just-in-time delivery,’ stage materials off-site and shuttle construction workers in from a remote parking area.”

Scheduled for completion in December 2012, the new hospital will house a variety of specialty services including a cardiac surgery department, a 51-bed emergency department, pediatric and neonatal ICU, inpatient dialysis unit, pediatrics, ICU, labor and delivery, cardiac cath lab and surgery. The hospital support building will be attached to the hospital and includes medical offices, radiology, a pharmacy and a specialty clinic.

Because Kaiser Permanente is a leader in sustainable building design and operation, HMC’s design of these structures incorporates numerous sustainable and energy efficiency solutions. The project’s environmentally conscious features include energy efficient lighting, electrical, air conditioning and plumbing systems; use of reclaimed water for landscaping and cooling towers; light colored sustainable roofing; dual pane exterior window glazing and natural day lighting. Likewise, McCarthy will incorporate sustainable building methods throughout the project such as recycling building materials, minimizing unrecyclable construction waste and maintaining proper indoor air quality.

“Although the project is a part of Kaiser Permanente’s innovative hospital template system and has a similar design to other Kaiser Permanente facilities that have already been built, the Fontana project has some unique design challenges,” explained HMC Principal in Charge Chin Lee. “We have developed solutions for integrating the new buildings with the existing structures within a constrained, sloping site and maximizing pedestrian safety and way-finding.”

“In order to deliver this complex healthcare project on time and on-budget, McCarthy, HMC and the project’s key subcontractors are utilizing the design-assist delivery method to complete the project design documents,” said Green. As a part of the design-assist effort, the project team is utilizing building information modeling (BIM) coordination technology to manage the project’s complex structural, architectural and mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems.

“Design-assist delivery and BIM coordination allow the construction and design team to ensure the design is complete and buildable at the project outset, which in turn streamlines the project schedule by mitigating design revisions and increasing field efficiency,” said Green.

Additional project consultants include: structural engineer Saiful Bouquet and mechanical engineer TeddJacobs Engineering Group. The design-assist subcontracting team is Herrick Corp, Sharp Interiors, Berger Bros, Tower Glass, Swisslog, Cosco, Southland Industries and SASCO.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is America ’s leading integrated health plan. Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California Region is a nonprofit, group practice prepayment program headquartered in Pasadena , California . Kaiser Permanente serves the health care needs of 3.3 million Southern California members from Bakersfield to San Diego . It encompasses the nonprofit Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the for-profit Southern California Permanente Medical Group. Kaiser Permanente's Southern California Region includes more than 47,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and caregivers, and more than 5,200 physicians representing all specialties. More information about Kaiser Permanente can be found at .

About McCarthy Building Companies

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the nation’s 10th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2008) and has been ranked among the top five national healthcare builders by Modern Healthcare since the magazine began its annual ranking more than 30 years ago. In Southern California , the firm has completed over $2.4 billion in healthcare work for the region’s most elite healthcare institutions. In addition to Newport Beach , McCarthy has offices in San Diego , Sacramento and San Francisco , Calif. ; Phoenix ; Las Vegas ; Dallas ; St. Louis and Atlanta . McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at .

About HMC Architects

Throughout its history, HMC Architects has established a reputation as an award-winning design firm and thought leader for healthcare, education, and government facilities. Founded in 1940, HMC is one of the most prominent planning and design firms with offices strategically located throughout the west. To learn more about HMC Architects or to arrange interviews with the firm’s executive leadership, please contact Tracy Black at (800) 350-9979, or Email Contact and visit


Laura Mickelson
(LM Communications)
Tel.: (949) 453-0851

Susan Garritano
(McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.)
Tel.: (314) 968-3300

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