UCLA Health System
Following the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, Sarah Jensen led the team that assessed the damage to the 3.1 million square foot Center for the Health Sciences complex at UCLA. Jensen led the University’s negotiations with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and ultimately seeded the $1 billion replacement hospital project. Sarah Jensen and Jensen + Partners’ Thomas Yang oversaw the design team of I.M. Pei and Perkins + Will for the 1.2 million GSF acute care facility. Frances Ridlehoover, Jensen + Partners’ Chief Strategy Officer, was the Chief Operating Officer of the UCLA Hospital System and served as the hospital’s principal-in-charge for the project.
The structure was one of the first in the state to meet 2008 California seismic safety standards. The UCLA Replacement Hospital combines the operations of UCLA Medical Center, Stewart and Lynda Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. The hospital provides state-of-the-art acute care facilities, including 525 beds in single-bed universal use rooms, 63 observational beds, operating rooms, ancillary services, an emergency department/trauma center and information and technology systems required to meet tertiary/quaternary clinical care, teaching and clinical research requirements.
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