Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital Renovation


Spanning over 217,000 square feet, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital serves the communities of Compton, Inglewood, Watts, and Lynwood in the Los Angeles area. The design-build project was funded by the State of California, Los Angeles County, and the University of California, after an initiative was created to upgrade the existing facilities of the MLK Medical Center Campus. The multi-part program involved renovating existing structures of the shuttered hospital, as well as constructing new facilities that meet California Office of Statewide Health, Planning, and Development (OSHPD) permit requirements.


Southland’s scope of work included the design and build of the mechanical systems for multiple buildings on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Hospital campus, as well as the building automation portion of the project. The scope included the 194,000 square foot In-Patient Tower renovation project, a 23,000 square foot new administration two-story building, which contains the main entrance and lobby to the hospital, and a cafeteria and other common areas of the medical center. Additional renovations included the existing pedestrian tunnel and hospital support building, and the construction and renovation of four central plants.

In most areas, Southland removed and replaced old piping and ductwork and made numerous HVAC upgrades. Within the four central utility plants, two housed the new thermal fluid heater, chillers, and cooling towers, while the others featured new mechanical piping, electrical switchgears, and an emergency generator. Building information modeling and coordination played a key role in updating the medical facility as the interstitial spaces were tight and floor to ceiling elevations were smaller than usual.


The project resulted in a completely transformed hospital with state-of-the art infrastructure. Southland successfully completed the project in 2013, meeting the County of Los Angeles’ goal of creating a medical center of excellence for healthcare, delivery, urban health promotion and prevention, and academic research and development. The facility offers the South Los Angeles community and the County of Los Angeles an energy efficient facility that will support all healthcare needs.

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