Summit Patient Care Pavilion “Tops Out”

Posted on Feb 29, 2012

Hundreds of physicians, employees and volunteers crowded on top of the Merritt garage Tuesday, Feb. 28, to sign the last beam before it was placed atop the new patient care pavilion at the Summit campus.

Hundreds signed the white beam before it was raised onto the skeleton of the 11-story building. The crowd watched and cheered the construction milestone while feasting on a barbecue lunch.

Drs. Linda Gordon and Less Chafen sign the last beam before it's hoisted into place.

“Physicians and clinicians throughout the medical center partnered to contribute to the design of this pavilion,” said Dr. Steve O’Brien, vice president of medical affairs. “It’s where some of the best and the brightest people I know come to work every day. I look forward to the day when we will care for our patients here.”

The 250,000-square foot building is being built to exceed seismic safety standards.

“With this project, we’re doing much more than simply complying with the state’s seismic safety mandates,” said Chuck Prosper, CEO of Alta Bates Summit. “We’re making sure our medical center remains a leader in the delivery of innovative, world class health care.  The Patient Care Pavilion will become a beautiful state-of-the-art healing environment and a tremendous asset to the city of Oakland and the surrounding communities of the East Bay.”

The project, which began in August 2010, is about halfway completed and is expected to open in early 2014. Raising the final beam readies the building for the remainder of the work: electrical, walls, floors.

The structure was a unique challenge for architects and construction crews who had to figure out how to use just 1.5 acres in the middle of the campus to build the pavilion and connect it back to the existing hospital buildings on three sides and seven floors.

The $350 million patient pavilion and 1,000-space garage is funded through Sutter Health and Alta Bates Summit Medical Center and private and foundation donations. The garage is set to open in May.

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