TORRANCE, CA (February 24, 2012) - To commemorate the midway point in construction
of Torrance Memorial Medical Center's new $450 million patient tower,
hospital patrons and staff
gathered yesterday afternoon to celebrate placement of the final piece
of structural steel on the 398,350-square-foot facility with a Topping
More than 75 guests, including major donors, trustees, Foundation board
of directors, medical staff and construction representatives were invited
to sign the ceremonial steel beam, adorned with an American flag and evergreen
tree. The beam was then lifted 270-feet to the top of the structure.
"This day marks a tremendous milestone in our community's healthcare
history and future," said Craig Leach, president and CEO of Torrance
Memorial Medical Center. "It has taken a community to raise this
tower and we want to express our tremendous gratitude for their continued
contributions of time and money in its shaping. The tower's leading
edge design will help us facilitate the standard of care our growing community
needs and deserves well into the future."
The evergreen tree symbolizes growth, life and good luck and the flag is
a patriotic symbol that signifies that united effort of the project team.
The general contractor, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. began construction
in February 2010 and is currently nine days ahead of schedule. During
the steel erection phase, iron workers from Herrick Steel placed 5,820
pieces of structural steel within three months in order to build the frame
for the new tower which is scheduled for completion in November 2014 and
opening in spring 2015.
Torrance Memorial has raised more than $119 million, more than half of
its fundraising goal of $200 million, to build the new tower. Major contributors
(million +) to the campaign include: Melanie and Richard Lundquist, Priscilla
and Donald Hunt, Vasek Polak Foundation, Karl and Carol McMillen, George
and Reva Graziadio Family Foundation, Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.,
Ralph and Loraine Scriba, Bill and Joelene Mertz, Torrance Memorial Auxiliary,
Dr. Alfred and Rozelyn Redisch, Mrs. Edith Wallace, The Delpit Family
and Phyllis and René Scribe.
The new patient tower, which will replace Torrance Memorial's original
tower built in 1971, will feature the latest medical technologies, more
beds and space and a modern design. The seven-level patient tower will
house 256 private rooms, 18 surgical and interventional treatment rooms
as well as a basement with a central utility plant and a tunnel connecting
the existing hospital to the new facility.
Designed by HMC Architects, the replacement hospital will serve as the
new front door of the medical center, and the centerpiece of the campus.
The entrance of the new tower is positioned at the end of a bustling outdoor
plaza and leads to a bright and open lobby. An indoor-outdoor cafeteria,
gift shop, admittance services, and a chapel are all easily accessible
on the first floor.
In addition to providing a state-of-the art medical technology, the tower's
patient-centered design addresses the comfort of visiting family members
by incorporating family-friendly lounges and overnight spaces. Additionally,
gently curved nurses' stations will allow for better care and visibility
of patient rooms. Outdoor gardens will be built between the new and existing
facility providing a serene and healing space for patients, visitors and staff.
The tower's exterior skin will be a combination of metal panel, precast
concrete, plaster and curtain wall. The combination of materials for the
tower's façade not only responds to the correct solar orientation
to reduce energy consumption, but it also gives the tower a contemporary
and elegant aesthetic.