Torrance Memorial Expands Access to Outpatient Services
The new Patient Tower isn’t the only Torrance Memorial Medical Center construction project happening on Lomita Blvd. It also has a new little brother a stone’s throw away, just west of Telo Street facing south.
The three-story, 65,000-square-foot Torrance Memorial Specialty Center opened for business in mid August. It’s the new home to many Torrance Memorial outpatient care departments and private practice physician groups. These include the Delpit Cardiac Rehabilitation Program, Cardiothoracic Surgery Department,
Outpatient Diabetes Care, Medical Nutrition Therapy Department, Infusion Services,
Cardio Health Achieved Through Nutrition Guidance & Exercise (CHANGE) program, Nephrology, South Bay Heart Clinic and COR HEALTHCARE Medical Associates, among others
Visitors Can “Revive” at Full-Service Cafe
Patients and visitors will soon be able to enjoy a snack or meal at Revive, a full-service café that offers deli sandwiches, soups, salads and hot and cold beverages. The café also has an outdoor seating area that blends with the landscaping just north of the building.
The land, and demolished building the Specialty Center replaces, were already owned by Torrance Hospital Association (the parent company of Torrance Memorial Medical Center), so construction to revamp the property to expand outpatient services was a natural evolution.
“With physician office space at a premium in the South Bay, we’re very excited about this continuation of the Lomita Blvd./Skypark medical corridor conveniently located just 500 yards from the medical center,” said Barry Sheppard, senior director of physician network development. “The building will provide a one-stop location for a variety of outpatient services.”
Convenient Street Access
At the intersection of Lomita Blvd. and Garnier Street, a stoplight provides a convenient right turn into the Specialty Center’s south-facing entrance and physician parking lot. Two additional entries: a right-turn-only entrance/exit driveway onto Lomita Blvd., and one to the north of the building on 237th Street, which provides access to Crenshaw Blvd. for those heading north.
Ample Parking and Green Construction
The building’s contemporary design is complimented by aesthetically-pleasing, water-efficient landscaping, such as ornamental grasses, date palm trees and fast-growing bamboo. A round-about driveway at the building’s main, north-facing entrance provides convenient patient drop-off points. On the north side ample visitor parking includes 34 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant spaces. Upon entering the building, visitors will be greeted by familiar Torrance Memorial Auxiliary volunteers dressed in blue, as well as a bright, airy lobby which features vaulted ceilings, a glass bridge and natural wood and stone textiles.
The building’s architecture firm, Gensler, and construction firm, 2H Construction, Inc., incorporated the latest design and engineering methodologies to exceed the standards set forth by both Energy Star and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) sustainability “Certified” or “Bronze” rating systems.
The materials were carefully selected to reduce future maintenance and consumption of harmful products to the environment, such as exterior paints, coatings and sealants. A high efficiency interior lighting system exceeds standards for energy consumption and maintenance.
On the third floor, Infusion Services was carefully designed to maximize patient comfort with recliner seating and individual TV entertainment for each patient. The spacious environment offers bright, natural light and views of the Palos Verdes Peninsula.
An open house and ribbon cutting is planned for sometime in early 2013, once all of the tenants have moved into their new spaces.