Patient Care Pavilion

Join Us at the Merritt Pavilion Grand Opening

Posted on Jul 9, 2014

tower day timeBring your family and join us for the grand opening celebration of Alta Bates Summit’s new Merritt Pavilion! The event will take place on Sunday, July 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Guests are invited to tour the new building, snap a souvenir picture in an interactive photo booth and purchase delicacies from local food trucks.

Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s new Merritt Pavilion offers a calming and healing environment – continuing a nearly 110-year tradition of providing exceptional patient care to our community. The pavilion offers spectacular panoramic views of the East Bay and San Francisco in a beautiful healing environment.
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Alta Bates Summit’s New Patient Care Pavilion–Nearing Home Stretch

Posted on Feb 25, 2013

Alta Bates Summit's New East Bay Patient Care Pavilion--Nearing Home Stretch: Photo of Patieint Care Pavilion

Alta Bates Summit’s new Patient Care Pavilion, under construction February 2013

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland began construction on its new Patient Care Pavilion and new parking garage in October of 2010.

The center of this project is a new building that will offer Oakland residents a calming and healing environment–continuing more than 100 years of Alta Bates Summit’s tradition of providing patient care to the community. Read More

Alta Bates Summit’s New Patient Care Pavilion Takes Shape

Posted on Aug 24, 2012

Architect's rendering, Patient Care Pavilion, Alta BatesSummit

Architect’s rendering of Alta Bates Summit’s new Patient Care Pavilion (right) comes to life as construction progresses.

The exterior of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center’s new Patient Care Pavilion in Oakland is nearly complete.

The exterior wall system consists of 977 permanent panels are 15 feet wide and include interior and exterior walls. One of the unique architectural features of the building – ‘the slice’ is now clearly visible. Read More

Alta Bates Summit Topping Out Video

Posted on Mar 8, 2012

Hooray for progress! Last week we celebrated the placement of the last beam of our new Patient Care Pavilion on the Summit Campus. What a party! Check out the Topping Out video and thanks again to our construction crews, employees, physicians, nurses and volunteers who signed the beam.

Lifting last beam to new Patient Care Pavilion.

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.

Construction Update

Posted on Aug 11, 2011

Great Progress Being Made at All Three Sites – August 2011

Alta Bates Campus

Exterior work:
The exterior of the Alta Bates Campus will have beautiful improvements including landscaping and an exit ramp that will run the length of the hospital along Colby Street. These enhancements require demolition of the existing concrete paving in front of the building during the week of August 8. A sound blanket will be in place to help reduce the noise level during the week of demolition. The shuttle and patient drop-off area will not change during this time.

Artist’s rendering of exterior plantings and containers just before the main entrance of Alta Bates.
Artist’s rendering of exterior plantings and containers just before the main entrance of Alta Bates.

Interior work:
Crews have been working on the main lobby, upgrading and improving of our elevators and constructing the new Family Resource Center.

Elevator upgrades, including modern, new interiors, should be completed by the end of September. We appreciate your patience with intermittent closure of elevator service while these changes are made.

Renderings of interior of the new Family Resource Center are featured on the temporary walls and we expect completion by the end of the year. In addition to the resource center there will be a Women and Infants Education Conference Room, Ante Partum Testing Area, Reading Room and a Lactation Center.

Finally, flooring improvements to the entire lobby area will be made – with most of the work happening after hours.

Artist’s rendering of the front desk at Alta Bates.
Artist’s rendering of the front desk at Alta Bates.

Summit’s Patient Care Pavilion

You can’t miss the 259-foot crane now in position on the site. Normal CALOSHA inspections were completed last week and the crane has now begun the year-long process of building the foundation and erecting the structural steel and exterior skin for the pavilion. Foundation work will wrap up in approximately two months with structural steel becoming visible in October.

View of the tower crane from below the Providence Garage.
View of the tower crane from below the Providence Garage.

The tower is an incredible piece of equipment with a trolley/hook attachment that can reach out 169 feet and hoist 26,460 pounds. A wireless camera is attached to the block above the hook with a computer screen in the cab so the operator can see what and where he is lifting and placing materials.

The cab of the tower crane. It takes the driver 30 minutes to climb up to this location!
The cab of the tower crane. It takes the driver 30 minutes to climb up to this location!

New Parking Structure

Progress on the new garage is visible every day. Now that the first deck is completed, crews are in a cycle that builds an additional deck every three weeks. With a total of six decks, we anticipate completion by late November.

The entrance of the new garage from Telegraph Avenue.
The entrance of the new garage from Telegraph Avenue.

A typical week consists of adjusting the tension of the deck floor cables on Mondays, followed by concrete pours of vertical columns and shear walls on Tuesdays and Fridays and pouring a third of the deck on Thursdays. After three weeks the cycle of each deck is completed and the next deck begins.

Working on the second deck of the new garage.
Working on the second deck of the new garage.

If you have any questions or concerns, please call our Construction Hotline at 510-869-6840.  For more informaiton on the project, please see the web site