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Naval Hospital to Open Six Months Ahead of Schedule

The new medical center is being erected on a 70-acre ridgetop site with an ocean view, near the main gate of Camp Pendleton. Rendering courtesy of Clark Construction.

After nearly three years of construction, an aging medical facility at Camp Pendleton is being replaced with a new 500,000-square-foot multi-level hospital erected on a 70-acre site. The new hospital is designed to provide modern, safe, and effective medical care for active and retired military personnel and their families in the Southern California region. Expected to open a full six months ahead of schedule in December 2014, the facility is the largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project for the Navy and the second biggest stimulus project for the Pentagon.

The hospital design includes inpatient medical facilities, along with ancillary departments; emergency, primary, and specialty care accommodations; and support spaces. Additional provisions include an open atrium and healing gardens to enhance the patient experience and enable faster recoveries and earlier hospital discharges. A five-story parking structure features an open pedestrian walkway between the east and west parking areas, glass-paneled pedestrian bridge to the hospital, and glass-back elevator with ocean view. The structure also includes a 100-kW photovoltaic system that will provide part of the power feed to the hospital.

The project incorporated sustainable design features in anticipation of earning the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Gold level certification requirements.

“It was an honor working with a dynamic team of Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest, HKS architects, their consultants and Clark McCarthy’s excellent construction management team lead by Carlos Gonzalez,” said Ahmad Khan, BergerABAM project manager. “The design/build facility of this new hospital will truly become a marvelous icon of modern day health care system that will help heal many.”

Additional information about the Camp Pendleton Hospital replacement project can be found here. Webcam images of the ongoing construction work are available for viewing here.