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Webcor Builders Selected as the General Contractor for First Phase of LA BioMed's New Campus Master Plan
Date:11/17/2011

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Webcor Builders, an award-winning general contractor specializing in a wide variety of project types, announced today it has been selected by the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at Harbor–UCLA Medical Center (LA BioMed) as the general contractor of the initial phase for the creation of a 10.25-acre research park which will be located within the 72-acre Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance, California.  Webcor will work closely with ZGF Architects LLP, a national architectural, planning, and interior design firm selected by LA BioMed to develop the plans for the research facility.

LA BioMed, one of the largest independent, not-for-profit biomedical research institutes in the country, is working closely with the County of Los Angeles to implement a public-private partnership in Biotechnology.

Webcor has been selected as the general contractor for the research park due to its industry-leading technology practices and unrivaled track record, led by an accomplished management team. Webcor has built more than 50 million square feet of projects during forty years of business.  It has delivered efficient, high-performance buildings since the mid-1990s, winning several awards in sustainable "green" building.  Webcor clients include Oracle, eBay, Lucasfilm, Starwood Lodging and the California Academy of Science.

"We are delighted to announce the commencement of Phase I of our master plan and look forward to working closely with the outstanding teams at ZGF and at Webcor Builders," commented Dr. David Meyer, Chief Executive Officer of the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute. "ZGF's extensive experience in designing state-of-the-art research facilities, together with Webcor's exceptional reputation for quality construction and superior service, brings an innovative approach to the complex design and construction needed for cutting-edge biomedical research."

Webcor LA, a joint partnership between Webcor Builders and Shangri-La Construction, will oversee the project.  Webcor LA is a Los Angeles based partnership, leveraging the strengths and abilities of each company to pursue construction project types including institutional, aviation, commercial real estate, tenant improvement, hospitality, healthcare, industrial, public works and multi-family residential.

Webcor LA Senior Partner, Andrew Meyers, added, "We understand the importance of ensuring that jobs reach our local communities, particularly during these difficult economic times.  As part of this project, we will continue our commitment to local hiring through direct community outreach, partnerships with the local building trades, training through apprenticeship programs and aggressively collaborating with local non-profit organizations."

Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas indicated that he was very pleased that LA BioMed has placed such a strong emphasis on local hiring. "LA BioMed is a shining example of what public-private partnerships can bring in the way of added value to our County medical facilities. Their new campus will serve as a beacon in attracting top physician-scientists to Harbor-UCLA, an outcome offering significant benefits to our community."

Consistently ranked among ENR's Top 100 General Contractors, with offices throughout the western United States, Webcor offers innovative programs, services and technologies that provide significant value to every client.

About Webcor Builders

Webcor Builders is an award-winning general contractor specializing in a wide variety of project types ranging from large high profile projects, to tenant improvements, seismic retrofits and concrete structures.  Building more than 50 million square feet of projects during forty years of business, Webcor has completed projects for clients such as Oracle, eBay, Lucasfilm, Starwood Lodging and the California Academy of Science.  Consistently ranked among ENR's Top 100 General Contractors, with offices throughout the western United States, Webcor offers innovative programs, services and technologies that provide significant value to every client.  For more information, please visit www.webcor.com.

About LA BioMed

Founded in 1952, LA BioMed is one of the country's leading nonprofit independent biomedical research institutes. It has approximately 100 principal researchers conducting studies into improved treatments and cures for cancer, inherited diseases, infectious diseases, illnesses caused by environmental factors and more. It also educates young scientists and provides community services, including prenatal counseling and childhood nutrition programs. LA BioMed is academically affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and located on the campus of Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. For more information, please visit www.LABioMed.org.


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