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Originally built in 1972 with 12 beds, the expanded emergency department will nearly double its patient capacity with space for future expansion

East County News Service

June 30, 2017 (San Diego) -- San Diego-based general contractor Pacific Building Group raised the final beam Thursday to complete or “top out” the steel structure of Alvarado Hospital Medical Center’s expanded emergency department while 100 guests looked on. Hospital staff and community members signed the beam, now situated within the structure.

When complete in early 2018, the 21,000 square-foot project will provide a newly-renovated, state-of-the-art facility to the community. Originally built in 1972 with 12 beds, the updated space will offer 21 beds on the first floor, as well as a designated staff area and shell space for future expansion on the second floor.

“The expansion will greatly enhance the ability of Alvarado Hospital’s Emergency Department to function as a certified heart attack STEMI center and certified primary stroke center, and make it a more effective destination for emergency care,” says Ben Macapugay, Marketing Manager at Alvarado Hospital Medical Center.

In addition to the main building expansion, Pacific Building Group is completing an expanded covered driveway to the ambulance entrance; improving the adjacent emergency department parking lot; adding street lighting and sidewalks along Reservoir Drive; adding new landscaping; and adding a new emergency generator and main-hospital power upgraded transformer.

“Pacific Building Group was tasked with creating a high-performance facility that would better accommodate and complement the medical talent within these walls,” says Jim Roherty, President of Pacific Building Group. “Completing Alvarado Hospital Emergency Department’s new steel structure marks a significant milestone in this process. We look forward to completing the project next year and providing the community with a building for state-of-the art emergency medicine services.”

About Alvarado Hospital Emergency Department:

Alvarado Hospital is a designated full-service emergency department (ED) for the San Diego County Emergency Medical System open 24/7. Staffed with board-certified emergency medicine physicians and experienced registered nurses, the Alvarado Hospital ED provides immediate access to advanced diagnostic services and lifesaving care. Alvarado Hospital's ED provides advanced care 24 hours a day, seven days a week with several notable designations. Additionally, the Alvarado Hospital ED is supported by an on-call panel of physicians from every hospital medical and surgical subspecialty.

About Pacific Building Group:

In 1984, Greg Rogers founded Pacific Building Group in San Diego as a one-man operation, specializing in tenant improvements. Spurred by client referrals and an excellent work record, the company has grown to address the full spectrum of construction needs, from ground-up to tenant improvement, healthcare and facilities maintenance. Today, Pacific Building Group is one of the largest locally-based general contracting firms, employing more than 150 individuals. Through excellence in all aspects of construction, Pacific Building Group strives to complete projects in which employees, strategic partners, clients and the community can take pride. For more information, please visit