Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center – New Emergency Department & Urgent Care


Acute Care Hospitals


Burbank, CA






May 2022


Boulder Associates

Replacement Emergency Department & New Urgent Care Facility Additional Services - Transition Planning

This is a state-of-the-art facility supporting modern technology and future models of care providing right-sized and safe spaces for its patients and staff. 

The new ED’s approximate 35,000 SF is comprised of 21,650 SF of new construction and 13,800 SF of a full renovation to the existing ED resulting in:

  • 1 Isolation Room with dedicated Ante Room
  • 2 Trauma/Resuscitation Rooms
  • 8 Fast Track Stations
  • 37 Treatment Rooms for a total of 48 beds
  • 1 CT, 1 X-Ray, 1 Ultrasound

A separate urgent care center is planned at the corner of Buena Vista Street and the ED entry street, to accommodate the lower acuity patients in the ED as well as additional catchment in the community. The new Urgent Care center will be approximately 8,500 SF. 

Extensive make-ready work is required for this project, including the construction of an ADA compliant pathway, relocation of primary utility lines, and soil improvements due to geotechnical site conditions. Utilities are being installed under the existing tunnel.

Recent project work has included:

  • Trenching for three remaining utilities
  • Three utilities going under the tunnel
  • Propane tank demo
  • 12kv yard grading
  • Potholing for sewer line in Buena Vista

The Stahl Companies will also be providing Transition Planning services for the ED. Groundwork is now in the works for that phase.


Geotech - Seismic Soils Improvement


The video below demonstrates the soils improvement process using CDSM (concrete deep soil mixing) and Vibro Stone Columns methods. The implementation of soils improvement will ultimately help mitigate site liquefaction and building settling.

Installation of 1,140 columns at a depth of 40′ will take place over a period of 3-months. CDSM columns are sized at a 6′ diameter and do not require clearance from the edge so are used for the perimeter of the ED and Urgent Care buildings due to their adjacency to the parking structure. The VCR columns are 2′ in diameter and are being installed in the inner part of the building footprint. They are the more common and economical method approved by OSHPD.