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AHSP Set for Phased Opening in April

Stairs lead from Level 8 to Level 9 in the research space of the new Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion (above). Level 9 is shown below.

As construction workers continue to put the final touches on the Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, orders for new equipment are already being delivered to the new building in preparation for the arrival of its first occupants this spring.

"We expect to receive our Temporary Certificate of Occupancy next month and take possession of the AHSP soon afterward," said Robert Cull, executive project director of the AHSP for Facilities Planning, Design and Construction. "If all goes according to plan, we can start moving the research labs and their staff into the upper floors of the Pavilion in early April."

So who's moving in and when? Here's the breakdown for March/April:

  • March – Temporary Certificate of Occupancy issued
  • March – Cedars-Sinai takes possession of the building, begins delivery and installation of equipment; sidewalk reopens on San Vicente
  • Late-March – AHSP parking is opened and the Pavilion Café begins offering limited menu service for the building's occupants
  • Early April – Research labs start moving into Levels 8 and 9, beginning with the Regenerative Medicine Institute

The AHSP is officially set to open in summer 2013. The 11-story, 820,000-square-foot building is connected to the medical center by two bridges, one on the Plaza Level and on the fifth floor, and will eventually be home to the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute, Neurosciences (Neurology and Neurosurgery) and the Regenerative Medicine Institute, among other specialties.

Designed with patient comfort and convenience in mind, the AHSP will help Cedars-Sinai meet the growing demands for outpatient care and high-quality translational research. In addition to being patient friendly, the building space is designed to be flexible enough to accommodate for future changes in healthcare delivery and research.

Researchers moving into the AHSP on Levels 8 and 9 will find more than 100,000 square feet of space with large, open lab suites with shared support and office spaces to promote collaboration between multiple disciplines. The two levels feature an open-air design with common seating areas and are linked by a grand staircase. Researchers relocating to this space include those with the Regenerative Medicine Institute, Neurosciences, the Heart Institute and Comparative Medicine.

Also opening in March will be the two-story main lobby on the Plaza Level, named the George W. Schaeffer Lobby, and the Pavilion Café, which initially will only offer a limited morning menu from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m.