GOLETA, Calif. — HBE Corp. started construction of a new $103 million hospital in Goleta.
The 148,000-square-foot facility is replacing the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital that was built in 1965. It is expected to be completed and to meet the state’s seismic standards by 2013.
Hospital design-build firm HBE Corp. is providing architecture and engineering services and construction and site work on the project. With soil-quality posing some challenges on the project, work on the foundation will continue for the next two months.
“The new Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital is going to be a beautiful facility, but more importantly, it was designed and will be built to meet the needs of the community,” said Diane Wisby, the hospital’s vice president.
“Watching almost 100 trucks deliver concrete and seeing the basement of the new hospital begin to take shape was very exciting for everyone," she said.
The new hospital will have 20 emergency room beds, six surgical suites, six, 44 private medical/surgical rooms, eight intensive care rooms, a dedicated endoscopy suite and four hyperbaric oxygen chambers.
The facility is designed with key adjacencies strategic in mind, placement of certain types of rooms near complementary services designed to eliminate duplication of testing facilities and unnecessary movement of patients from their rooms.