New $260 Million LEED-Designed Rady Children’s Hospital Acute Care Pavilion Completed in San Diego

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. recently completed construction of the new 279,000-square-foot Rady Children’s Hospital Acute Care Pavilion, located at 3020 Children’s Way in the Kearny Mesa area of San Diego. Designed by the San Francisco office of Anshen+Allen, the new $260 million Acute Care Pavilion is the first acute care facility in the state to meet the standards for quality and safety mandated by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD), while also achieving the level of occupant health and environmental sustainability required to earn LEED-Certified status.

The facility’s exterior features a glass-fiber reinforced, precast concrete exterior; integral-colored plaster; storefront and curtainwall glass systems with colored accents; metal panels and railings; and a billowing steel front entry canopy carrying the hospital’s “kite” insignia.

To address the LEED aspects of the project and carry through the facility’s sustainable design in a thoughtful, practical manner, McCarthy employed a dedicated LEED accredited professional and, since the project began in early 2008, ten of the construction team’s members have become LEED APs.

“Construction execution required rigorous tracking and monitoring, along with a great deal of creative solution-finding, to keep the project on course toward LEED Certification,” said Steve Van Dyke, project director for McCarthy. “The construction team took extra measures and precautions at every turn to ensure compliance with the LEED credits.”

Working in accordance with LEED 2.1, the project team is on track to receive 31 of the 25 points needed to become LEED Certified. Eric Lum, LEED AP, has served as LEED project coordinator for Anshen+Allen, spearheading the design application review, and Don Sadler, AIA, LEED AP, served as principal-in-charge for the design firm. McCarthy is in the process of submitting the construction documentation needed for official certification.