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County awards $165 million construction contract for MLK Hospital

4/20/2011, 7:04 a.m.

LOS ANGELES, Calif.--The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved the award of a $165.1 million contract for the design and construction of a planned 120-bed hospital for the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center.

"After today, the shovel goes in the ground and the building commences for a cutting-edge healthcare facility,'' said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas.

Hensel Phelps Construction Co. won the contract to build the hospital, which will include the renovation of about 194,000 square feet of an existing six-story tower and work on two other buildings, once used for admitting and administration. The new inpatient facility is expected to support an estimated 30,000 emergency room visits each year.

The design-build contract also includes a new 25,000-square-foot building that will house a cafeteria and offices for the medical center and improvements to the center's central plant.

The work is scheduled to be completed in September 2013.

The plans for the medical center also include an outpatient facility, budgeted at $125 million, not included as part of the Hensel Phelps contract.

The project will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification standards.

"We are making a commitment not only to provide the community with the best possible health care, but also making an investment in our community's environmental well-being and future,'' Ridley-Thomas said.