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Torrance Memorial Medical Center Ambulatory Building in Torrance, California. Bess Adler / Thornton Tomasetti.

Torrance Memorial Medical Center Ambulatory Building

  • COMPLETION DATE
    2015

Overview

Thornton Tomasetti provided façade consulting services for this 398,350-square-foot medical center. The seven-story building will serve as the medical center’s centerpiece and will replace a tower built in 1971. The new structure will house 256 private rooms, 18 surgical and interventional treatment rooms, and will include one basement level, one penthouse level, a healing garden, indoor-outdoor cafeteria, gift shop, visitor lounges and overnight spaces, a chapel, a central utility plant, and a tunnel connecting the new hospital to the existing.

The façade consists of glazed aluminum curtain walls and storefront systems, together with areas of thin-shell precast and aluminum cladding. Designed to LEED Silver standards, the new building will feature a façade of varied materials to allow for reduced energy consumption due to solar heat gain. The new patient tower, which is subject to certification and approval from California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), is scheduled to be complete in 2014, with the opening scheduled for spring 2015.

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