A $78.2 million project, due to break ground by next summer, will create a new Irvine campus for the OC Health Care Agency, which will expand its public health laboratory and consolidate several related facilities into one location.
At a site on Marine Way across from Great Park, the new headquarters will include administrative offices, a pharmacy and laboratory, storerooms and an emergency center, said Mindy Winterswyk, associate director of the OC Health Care Agency.
The OC Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously approved a design and build contract with PCL Construction Services Inc., a Canadian company with offices in Irvine, to build the campus.
Winterswyk said officials realized early in the pandemic that the space used for emergency response, which involves staff from multiple county departments to coordinate responses, was too small. The new facilities will also feature a larger pharmacy and modern laboratory to replace an outdated one.
“The science side of HCA was outdated,” and district officials were already planning to modernize before the pandemic, said Supervisor Don Wagner, whose district includes the site of the new campus.
The administrative staff at the health agency’s communicable disease control unit has also grown and needs more office space, Winterswyk said.
The new campus will bring together all of the agency’s functions that don’t directly serve patients “so everyone is in the same place and communicating efficiently,” she added.
Construction could be completed by December 2024. The county is using funds from the American Rescue Plan Act and State Enhanced Laboratory Capacity grants to help fund the project.
Wagner noted that the new HCA campus will be very close to the county’s second planned Be Well OC facility, which will provide crisis treatment and follow-up services to people with mental and behavioral health issues.
The proposed new facility will be larger than the first Be Well facility in Orange which opened last year and will also accommodate anyone in need regardless of ability to pay.
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/29/oc-health-care-agency-to-get-new-78-million-irvine-headquarters/ OC Health Care Agency Receives New $78M Irvine Headquarters – Orange County Register