The $430.8m Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement project in California, US, will be built in three phases over seven years under a new contract awarded to Clark/Design Build of California.

The first phase will involve the development of a three-storey, 78,000ft² medical office building, which will have connectors to the new hospital, and be complete in 2012.

The second phase of the project, expected to be completed in 2016, will involve development of a nine-storey, 169-bed acute care tower.

The hospital will offer services such as intensive care, medical and surgical beds, labour and delivery, neonatal intensive care and support functions.

Once the new tower has been built, the existing unit will be pulled down and a new central courtyard constructed.