New 46,016-square-foot facility will enable organization to consolidate three satellite clinics under one roof while expanding its range of patient services
SAN DIEGO – (November 20, 2013) – Consolidated Contracting Services, Inc., a leading Southern California commercial builder with offices in San Diego and San Clemente, has completed construction for the new three-story, 46,016-square-foot San Ysidro Health Center clinic and urgent care center, located at 678 3rd Street in Chula Vista, CA 91910. The facility is set to open for patients in December of 2013.
San Ysidro Health Center purchased the building last March for approximately $12 million, before it was completely renovated to accommodate the consolidation of three of its satellite clinics – Chula Vista Family Clinic, Otay Family Health Center and South Bay Family Urgent Care Center – under one roof. With the new facility, San Ysidro Health Center has expanded its community health services to include behavioral health and dental services, as well as ancillary services such as digital x-rays. The expansion increases the organization’s number of available exam rooms from about 40 to 65.
The scope of work by Consolidated Contracting included complete renovation of the building’s interior, including structural upgrades; new electrical, plumbing, and HVAC systems; telecommunication systems; fire/safety and intrusion alarm systems; and fire sprinkler upgrades. Exterior improvements included new roofing, paint, building lighting, signage, parking lot ADA upgrades, and related sitework.
The interior layout and design reflects a patient-centric, healing environment intended to keep patients calm and stress-free while speeding their recovery. Key to the layout was the formation of “pods” that enable physicians or clinicians to work alongside social workers, dieticians and nurses in an open workspace so they can share patient information with ease. Positive results from this pod concept were published in the New England Journal of Medicine, highlighting a Denver-based community health center whose results outpaced national patient care models after switching to this pod model.
Aimed at enhancing patients’ experience are the nature themes – ocean, desert, and mountains – given to each floor, representing San Diego’s own diverse landscapes. The remodel utilizes indirect, natural lighting to reduce overhead glare and eyestrain. Simulated-wood floors create a more familiar, residential feel to the space.
Nick Rehnberg of Boulder & Associates served as the project architect. Jean Young of Young+Co., Inc., was the interior designer.
“The design goal was to create a non-institutional environment that is both uplifting for staff and pleasing to visit for patients,” said Terry Whitaker, CFO of San Ysidro Health Center. “This new facility will actually change our entire care model to make it a more patient-centric, residential-feeling, healing experience.”
Charlie Young served as project leader for Consolidated Contracting, with Steve Viscioni as superintendent and Kim McComb as project engineer. Peter Carlson with Miyamoto International was the structural engineer, Joe Hammond of Rick Engineering Company was the civil engineer, Steve Kurtzman of Michael Wall Engineering was the electrical engineer, and Jeff Dufoe of Dufoe Consulting Engineers was the mechanical/plumbing engineer.
San Ysidro Health Center provides care for more than 82,000 patients in southern and southeast San Diego County, operating nearly 30 clinics and patient outreach centers. More than half of its patients are currently uninsured; however, the organization expects a surge in new patients when health reform goes into effect next year.
“Our clinics were operating at capacity, and we needed more space to grow,” said Whitaker. “The new facility will help position us for the introduction of universal health care in 2014 and allow us to meet the demand for health services in the region.”
Consolidated Contracting Services, Inc.
Founded in 1983, Consolidated Contracting Services, Inc., is a full-service general contracting firm providing pre-construction, construction and construction management services for commercial development and tenant improvement projects throughout the southwest region of the United States. Led by Cuban-born partners and brothers-in-law Jose “Tony” Elias-Calles and Joseph Troya, the 60-person firm possesses a diversified range of core competencies, including healthcare facilities, single- to mid-rise office headquarter buildings, high-tech manufacturing facilities, labs and clean rooms, historical facilities, self-storage structures, worship facilities, parks and recreation facilities, and retail stores. The company is headquartered at 181 Avenida La Pata, Suite 200, San Clemente, Calif. More information about the firm can be found at
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