The Grossmont Healthcare District (GHD) board of directors has unanimously selected the architectural firm of Mosher Drew Watson Ferguson of San Diego for site analysis and conceptual design of a proposed Health Occupations Training Center (HOTC) that will train and educate a new generation of healthcare professionals.
A possible HOTC building is proposed to be a multi-story, educational building with between 20,000 and 35,000 square feet of space, and featuring classrooms, laboratory facilities and support spaces for the training of students in the health professions.
If built, the HOTC would be financed by proceeds from last year’s District-sponsor Proposition “G,” a $247 million general obligation bond measure that voters approved by more than 77 percent, well above the two-thirds approval required.
According to Dr. John Hardebeck, 2007 president of the GHD board of directors, the architectural firm will be involved with site analysis, feasibility planning, conceptual drawings and design and construction cost estimates.
Hardebeck said eight architectural firms responded to a request for proposal. The proposals were reviewed, graded and ranked by District officials, with follow-up interviews of four firms. Observers included members of the Independent Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee, which is reviewing all District activities relating to Proposition “G” expenditures. Mosher Drew Watson Ferguson was selected based on the firm’s expertise with previous similar projects, he said.
Since its beginning in 1948, Architects Mosher Drew Watson Ferguson has grown steadily on the policy of providing each client the individual, personalized service of one or more of the principals. The organization is recognized for its highly specialized institutional projects in civic, cultural, education and hospitality purposes. Some of the firm’s current clients include the University of San Diego, Grossmont Community College, Point Loma Nazarene University, Coronado Unified School District, the City of San Diego, YMCA, Scripps Hospital, St. Paul’s Senior Homes and Services, the San Diego Zoological Society, La Roca Comunidad Cristiana in Chula Vista and the U.S. Navy.
The Grossmont Healthcare District, a public agency that supports various health-related community programs and services in San Diego's East County region, was formed in 1952 to build and operate Grossmont Hospital. It serves as landlord of the hospital, including ownership of the property and buildings on behalf of local taxpayers. The District is governed by a five-member board of directors, each elected to four-year terms, who represent nearly 500,000 people residing within the District's 750 square miles in San Diego's East County. In 1991, the District leased the hospital's operation to Sharp HealthCare under a 30-year lease that runs through the year 2021. For more information about GHD, visit www.grossmonthealthcare.org.