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County awards $94 million contract for MLK outpatient center


LOS ANGELES, Calif.–The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $94 million contract for the design and construction of a 136,500-square-foot outpatient facility for the Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center.

McCarthy Building Cos. Inc. won the contract for the four-story outpatient center, which will include a pharmacy, walk-in clinic and clinics for neurology and pulmonary medicine, among others. Some offices also will be renovated.

The move is step toward reopening a public hospital in unincorporated South Los Angeles after the 2007 closing of Martin Luther King Jr.-Drew Medical Center because of poor patient care and mismanagement.

The county’s budget for current phase of the development was set at $150.3 million.

Hensel Phelps Construction Co. was previously selected as the contractor for the in-patient hospital and emergency room, which involves the renovation of about 194,000 square feet of an existing six-story building and a new 25,000-square-foot building that will include a cafeteria and offices.

Hensel Phelps also competed for, but lost, the outpatient facility contract.

Both phases of the project will be designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Silver certification standards. The new hospital building and emergency room is expected to open in September 2013, and the outpatient facility is scheduled to be ready for patients in August 2014.

On Friday, the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Public Health, which handles childhood immunizations, tuberculosis testing and testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, opened on the Willowbrook campus.

The board also certified the environmental impact report for the overall project today. That study includes the outlines of a plan to develop up to 1.5 million square feet of office, retail, residential and recreational space on the site, which the board approved only in concept.