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CHAPTER EVENT: A New Hospital for Cedars-Sinai at Marina del Rey
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 Export to Your Calendar 9/24/2020
When: 9/24/2020
5:00 - 6:15 PM
Where: Zoom Meeting
United States
Contact: 626.796.7601

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There is no more disruptive activity for a healthcare campus than an on-site, full-hospital replacement. It requires a decision-making rigor and prioritization beyond that of greenfield construction, with profound impacts on a system and its member campuses. While all new construction paints a portrait of the parent system, a replacement project balances the new vision with the needs of staff, patients and visitors who have to survive the transition.Marina del Rey Hospital will be a nine-story, 160-bed, 386,000 BGSF, state-of-the-art replacement community hospital, constructed while maintaining continuous operation of the existing hospital.Program elements include Emergency and Surgical services, Imaging, ICU, Patient Rooms,Dietary/Dining, Conference and Outdoor Garden functions, supported by a new Energy Center. The facility will open its doors in 2024, with site completion in 2025.The chaotic urban fabric of the neighborhood demands a design response that calms the adjacent boulevard, creating a “safe haven” for patients and visitors. The program also requires development of are silient facility that will remain fully operational in the event of an earthquake or flood disaster.Meanwhile, the high performance exterior skin evokes the sea, utilizing differing glazing elements towash a wave pattern over the facade. The stepped massing and multiple outdoor gardens invite patients, visitors and staff to ascend to upper levels to enjoy the views of one of Southern California’s most beautiful assets: Marina del Rey.

Learning Objective

  • Brand/Community: How to tailor the brand to a new locale and new generation of communitypriorities
  • Maintaining operations: How to help the existing hospital survive the disruptions of a replacementprocess
  • Clinical priorities: How to help the client base the tough decisions of site/constructability constraintson the institutional mission
  • Focus on healing: How to configure functional requirements to fulfill the nurturing aspirations of theclient vision
  • Facility resilience: How to arrange campus elements to better survive a flood event


Thursday, Sept 24, 5:00-6:15 pm

4:45 – 5:00 for Networking

5:00 – 5:10 ( Introduction Brian and Ferial)

5:10 – 6:00 pm  Presentation   ( Eric and Alicia)

6:00 - 6:15  Q & A     5:00-6:15 pm program


Event sponsored by HDR


Zoom Meeting - link provided upon registration


COST - FREE event but advanced registration required to obtain link to live presentation.


Eric Meub, AIA, LEED AP
Vice President, Director of Design for Healthcare—HDR

Eric is an award-winning, high-concept and high-energy thought-leader, design-leader and practice-leader with a passion for the evolving missions of healthcare. He offers a background of forty years ofarchitectural experience, thirty of which have been dedicated to master planning, medical planning anddesign of large, complex healthcare and academic projects. He has led design and/or master planningfor such world renowned academic medical centers as Stanford University, the University of Californiaand MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has led design and planning for projects within Sutter Health,Kaiser Permanente and other healthcare systems, and has master-planned academic medical centercampuses in Asia and the Near East. Eric received his Master of Architecture from Harvard UniversityGraduate School of Design.

Alicia Wachtel, LEED GA
Executive Director, Planning, Design and Construction—Cedars Sinai Health System (CSHS)

During this time of system transformation and geographical growth for Cedars Sinai, Alicia is responsiblefor the management and leadership of capital projects related to the “off campus” expansion and theMedical Delivery Network growth and delivery transformation. Since 1995, Alicia has dedicated hercareer to Healthcare Design. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai in 2017, Alicia Wachtel was a Principal in theLos Angeles office of HOK and the Regional Healthcare Practice Leader. Alicia has expertise in multiplehealthcare design and delivery methodologies, including hospital P3s. Her professional career has beenfocused on the delivery of healthcare projects. Her strengths derive from hands-on work and fromgarnering her team’s trust and dedication. She has managed complex replacement projects totaling over4 million square feet of construction. Alicia holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and Urban Designfrom the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology, where she transferred from the School ofArchitecture, Universidad del Estado, Montevideo, Uruguay.

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