MARCH 2012

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UCLA Unveils New Medical Building in Santa Monica

UCLA Health System unveiled its new outpatient surgery and medical building in Santa Monica at a dedication ceremony on Feb. 29. Plans call for the building to open this spring.

The three-story, 50,000-square-foot building will be a vital addition to the health system’s rapidly evolving Santa Monica campus. It will house eight operating rooms, a linear accelerator for radiation oncology, as well as space for future growth, a pharmacy, a laboratory and clinical offices for several Department of Medicine practices, including Allergy/Food & Drug Allergy Care Center, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Digestive Diseases, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine and Nephrology.

Designed by local architect Michael Folonis and built by private developer Nautilus Group in partnership with UCLA, the building contains numerous sustainable features and will be the health system’s first structure to achieve the LEED Gold designation. It also will feature the West Coast’s first fully automated parking system, accommodating 385 cars in a footprint 50 percent smaller than conventional garages.