C.W. Driver Begins Construction on Medical Office Building in San Diego County


Torrance, CA – August 20, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — C.W. Driver, a leader in Southern California healthcare construction, has broken ground on Palomar Health’s new $4.5 million satellite clinic, the Ramona Ambulatory Care Center in Ramona, Calif. Designed by San Diego-based Mascari Warner Architects, the 7,600-square-foot, single-story outpatient medical clinic built on approximately an acre of land will expand the healthcare services for the Ramona community.

The facility will provide adult and pediatric primary care physician services, urgent care, radiology services and outpatient diagnostic testing as well as specialty services and programs, such as health education and prevention classes and a mobile mammography unit. Located in a high-traffic area on the corner of 13th and Main Streets, the new clinic, which will be co-owned by Palomar Health and developer Pacific Medical Buildings, will welcome Arch Health Partners, an affiliated physician organization of Palomar Health, as its exclusive tenant when construction is complete in January 2013.

“We look forward to completing construction on time to serve the healthcare needs of the Ramona community,” explained Richard Freeark, vice president of operations for C.W. Driver in San Diego. “Our work will continue to be completed with careful consideration for the operating facilities nearby as well as ensure proper traffic control for the surrounding area.”

The new urgent care facility, which will be situated in a prime location across from the C.W. Driver-built Ramona Library and the future Ramona Intergenerational Community Campus, will feature a cement plaster exterior along with high ceilings that include the use of exposed beams in the building’s lobby. With a total of three acres available near the clinic’s site, Palomar Health officials say they have the room for future expansion.

“We’re very excited that construction has begun on the Ramona Ambulatory Care Center and that the site offers room for expansion,” said Michael Shanahan, director of Palomar Health facilities planning. “We are pleased to have the opportunity to provide an additional array of services to the Ramona community and hope this facility will continue to be used and grow.”

The Ramona Ambulatory Care Center joins a number of C.W. Driver-built medical office buildings including the 75,000-square-foot east campus office building on the University of California, San Diego campus, which opened in the Fall of 2011 and tenant improvement work for an existing 15,500-square-foot medical office building for Kaiser Permanente in Indio, Calif.

About C.W. Driver
C.W. Driver, a premier builder serving the Western United States since 1919, specializes in general contracting and construction management services by remaining on the cutting-edge across a broad spectrum of industries, including higher education facilities, K-12, healthcare, biomedical/life sciences, civic/government, entertainment, hospitality and military. C.W. Driver has offices in Los Angeles, Irvine, Ontario, Anaheim, San Diego and San Mateo, Calif. For more information, please visit http://www.cwdriver.com.

About Palomar Health
Palomar Health, formerly Palomar Pomerado Health, is California’s largest by area public health care district and the most comprehensive health care delivery system in northern San Diego County, where it operates several facilities. On August 19, it will open its third hospital, the new Palomar Medical Center in west Escondido.

In 2004, district voters passed Proposition BB, a $496-million bond measure to upgrade facilities and build new ones, including the new Palomar Medical Center and the Ramona Ambulatory Care Center. For more information about Palomar Health, please visit www.PalomarHealth.org.

About Pacific Medical Buildings
Pacific Medical Buildings is an integrated healthcare real estate partner of health systems, hospitals, medical groups and universities. PMB specializes in the development and management of ambulatory care facilities, including medical office buildings, outpatient, clinical and academic facilities and parking structures. For more than 40 years, PMB has led the industry in the development and management of medical care facilities, with 81 medical projects constructed to date throughout the Western United States. The firm currently owns and manages 48 facilities totaling approximately 3.25 million square feet with more than 7,000 structured parking stalls. PMB currently has five projects under development that total 650,000 square feet. The San Diego-based firm also has offices in Austin, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Nashville, New Orleans, Phoenix, Portland, and Vancouver, Washington. For more information regarding PMB, please visit www.pacificmedicalbuildings.com.


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