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Scripps Mercy Hospital



Project Overview

Historical Renovation to Support the Future of Nursing. Designated by the San Diego Historical Resources Board as a historic site, the Scripps Mercy Nursing College building recently underwent an intense renovation. All improvements were completed in accordance with the standards for the treatment of historic properties.

This charming and locally-recognized Historical Building was originally built in 1926 to support the growing need for nurses at Scripps Hospital. It served as the College of Nursing until the 1970’s. Dempsey Construction was chosen to transform and revive this Historical Building, enabling its representation as a premier San Diego Landmark.

The project consisted of two phases: Phase 1 focused on the restoration of the exterior façade, bringing a new and enhanced look to the existing finishes while staying true to the original character of the building. This work included restoration of double-hung wood windows, wood doors, ornamental precast concrete panels, installation of authentic clay roof tiles, structural retrofit of existing roof framing, selective re-plastering, and painting of the entire building exterior. Phase 2 required a complete buildout of the interior, as well as site improvements. New MEP systems were installed as well as new finishes, serving the building appropriately for its new intended use as administrative space.

The restoration of the College Building of Nursing building has also been proven vital for the success of the new cancer center adjacent to the property, further confirming it's reestablishment as the 'crown jewel' of the Mercy Hospital campus. The College Building of Nursing now, once again, echoes compassion and care, the exact basis in which it was founded.

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