City of Hope Orange County Hospital Beam Signing Ceremony

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Last month, Altitude Design Office was honored to participate in a beam signing ceremony for the new City of Hope Orange County Hospital that’s under construction in Irvine, California. When the new 160,000-square-foot facility opens in 2025, it will be the county’s only specialty cancer hospital focused on treating and curing cancer.

The new hospital is immediately adjacent to the City of Hope Orange County Cancer Center that opened last year, completing the 11-acre campus that has been planned for years. Altitude has designed the signage and wayfinding for both buildings as a cohesive and integrated system that prioritizes patient experience.

The beam signing ceremony brought together leaders from City of Hope with the many partners who are working to bring this project to life. Annette Walker, President of City of Hope Orange County, opened the ceremony with remarks that touched on the labor of love this has been, and celebrated the fact that once the hospital opens, the people of Orange County will have the comprehensive cancer treatment facilities they deserve. Revealing the final beam to be installed in the building, a group of cancer patients and survivors stepped forward first to sign their names on the beam, followed by City of Hope staff and project partners, including Altitude. The notes, prayers and signatures, now permanently in place, demonstrate that this is a sacred place of hope and healing for the whole community.