Ground has been broken for the first phase of the $50-million expansion of the Motion Picture and Television Fund Country Home and Hospital in Woodland Hills.
Originally built in 1941 and established as a charity for retirees of the entertainment industry, it remains the only industry-based total care retirement community in the country.
Architect and planner for the expansion is Bobrow/Thomas & Associates; Karsten Consultants is the project management firm. Others on the team include Stolte Inc., general contractor, Hayakawa Associates, Taylor & Gaines, Rogoway/Borkovetz Associates, Emmet Wemple & Associates and Charles Kratka Associates.
The first phase, targeted for completion in the summer of 1988, is an 81-bed, state-of-the art skilled nursing and ancillary services facility. The $22-million building will encompass 80,000 square feet of new space and 10,000 square feet of remodeling in the hospital administration building.
It will enlarge the hospital to 260 beds, resident capacity to 357 and independent units to 184.