Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills – Crenshaw Medical Office Building celebrated a milestone at its topping-off ceremony on November 15. Topping off occurs when the highest structural element of a building is about to be swung into place. As the medical office building is concrete, the topping off occurred when the last layer of concrete was poured and the building became self-supporting.

City Council President Herb Wesson, representatives from the offices of Congresswoman Karen Bass, Assembly member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas, Assembly member Autumn Burke, and Senator Holly Mitchell, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles officials as well as Turner Construction crew members and key stakeholders were in attendance at the invitation-only ceremony held on the grounds of the construction site.

“There were times I didn’t know if this day was going to happen,” said Los Angeles City Council President Herb Wesson. “The reason why we’re here today is because of Dr. Howard Fullman, Georgina Garcia, the entire team at Kaiser Permanente and their commitment to this part of town. When negotiations were tough, they stayed with the community.”

Located on the corner of Marlton Avenue and Santa Rosalia Drive in Marlton Square, the Baldwin Hills – Crenshaw Medical Offices will bring convenient access to high-quality primary and specialty care services for the 50,000 members who live and work in the Crenshaw community. The 100,000 square foot, $90-million facility will be a cutting-edge, four-story medical office building complete with LEED Gold certification – the highest standard for energy efficiency in a building’s construction and operation. Approximately 60 world class providers will treat our Baldwin Hills – Crenshaw members in technologically advanced exam rooms, equipped with the ability to conduct real time virtual consults with other Kaiser Permanente providers throughout the region.

Construction of the facility has brought an economic boost to South Los Angeles through job training and apprenticeships. Turner Construction hired locally for the construction of the new facility. 2nd Call, a local nonprofit group that assists formerly incarcerated individuals transition back into society, is one of several organizations that benefited from those local hires.

Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Hills – Crenshaw Medical Office Building is scheduled to open in fall of 2017. For more information about the Kaiser facility in Baldwin Hills, please visit http://kp.org/baldwinhillscrenshaw.