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Winter 2003
THE RISING
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Richard Erlich photographWhat he has watched emerging on the southwest corner of Westwood Plaza and Young Drive South is a hospital for the 21st century that marries cutting-edge medical technology with state-of-the-art patient care. Not only will the new facility provide the newest and best equipment, it also will incorporate an aesthetic awareness that seeks to make the hospital experience, as difficult as it is, one that is more humane for patients and their families. The interior of the eight-story structure will be flooded with natural light from windows that overlook gardens, green spaces and gathering places. All of the 525 rooms will be spacious and private, and will include hook-ups so that most diagnostic procedures can be done at the bedside. Within each room is an area for family members who wish to stay overnight. Individual elevators are designated for patients, and a special elevator equipped with diagnostic equipment will carry trauma patients directly from the two helicopter pads to the emergency room.

The construction of the new UCLA hospital, which will combine UCLA Medical Center, the Neuropsychiatric Hospital and Mattel Children’s Hospital, coupled with the renovation of Santa Monica-UCLA Hospital ranks as one of Southern California’s largest building projects. Together, the two facilities will provide the most comprehensive medical services in the western United States. On its own, the new 1.1-million-square-foot hospital is immense, incorporating 7 million pounds of steel rebar, 44,700 cubic yards of concrete, 23,000 tons of steel, 80,000 square feet of window glass and 264,000 square feet of travertine wall panels.

“It has been like watching the emergence of a vision for the future,” says Ehrlich. “I see everything that is wonderful in the hospital we now have being duplicated and improved upon in this new building. There will be marvelous new medical technologies, and at the same time it is artistically beautiful. I feel that I have been very privileged to be able to photograph it. It is going to be spectacular.”

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