LOS ANGELES, Calif. — McCarthy Building Companies, recently topped out structural steel on the new $150-million Martin Luther King, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center. Over the last seven weeks, steel workers installed 1,500 pieces (1,000-tons) of structural steel to create the frame for the new facility. A topping-out ceremony was held recently to mark the project milestone.
“The MLK, Jr. Multi-Service Ambulatory Care Center project is off to a great start,” said McCarthy Project Director Michael Wiggins. “In just six months, the contract was awarded, design was completed, permitting was obtained and topping out of the structural steel was accomplished.”
Guests at the topping out event were given the opportunity to sign the beam before it was raised and set in place. The audience applauded when construction workers from Junior Steel lifted and secured the ceremonial steel beam to the top of the structure.
The project, which broke ground on Jan. 25, 2012, is on schedule for completion in October 2013. McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is constructing the 132,550-square-foot design-build facility, which was designed to meet LEED-Gold certification standards. Once completed, the four-story medical facility, will house five operating rooms, dentistry, oncology and physical and occupational therapy services. The project also includes 10 acres of site parking and landscape, offsite signalization and street improvements as well as a 31,000-square-foot LEED Silver-rated renovation to existing administration space.
Located on the existing Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center campus, the project is being built with conventional pile foundations on concrete piers, and a structural steel moment-frame with concrete-filled metal deck.
Other project team members include: HDR Architecture, Inc. – architect and interior designer; KPFF – structural engineer; Psomas – civil engineer; SASCO – electrical design-builder; TMAD – mechanical and plumbing peer reviewer; Lynn Capouya – landscape architect; ACCO – Mechanical design-builder; Murray Company – plumbing design-builder and Sharpe Interiors/Eagle Summit – drywall/light-gauge framing subcontractor.