Press Release: 02.17.2014

A Monumental Achievement

The new Naval Hospital at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton is delivered six months ahead of schedule and more than $100 million under budget.

Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest
Naval Hospital at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Camp Pendleton, California

Exterior of the new Navel Hospital at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

"The hospital utilizes efficient design to conserve water and energy, newer facility and equipment technologies to replace former capabilities, and evidence-based design to enhance healing for patients and optimize the work environment for staff."
—Capt. Mark A. Kobelja, Commanding Officer
Naval Hospital at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton

Coming in an impressive six months ahead of schedule and more than $100 million under budget, the new $456 million, 1,000,000-square-foot (total campus) Naval Hospital at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton was completed by the Clark/McCarthy JV design-build team in October. The Naval Hospital held an official ribbon-cutting ceremony on January 31st to celebrate this monumental achievement.

The largest American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project awarded by the Department of Navy, the hospital is expected to earn LEED Gold Certification.

“The replacement hospital is a facility 'catch-up' for the progress of modern medicine, since the last facility was built in the early 1970s,” said Capt. Mark A. Kobelja, commanding officer of the Naval Hospital Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “The new facility utilizes evidence-based design to enhance healing for patients, as well as efficient and effective design to conserve water and energy, protect from earthquakes and optimize the work environment for staff. Designed as a like-for-like replacement of existing capabilities, the new facility will greatly enhance those capabilities with the newest facility and equipment technologies.”

Situated on a prominent 70-acre site near the south entrance to the Base, the new Naval Hospital employs a staff of around 1,100 physicians, nurses and support personnel who serve around 70,000 active-duty and veteran members of the military and their families. 

Providing emergency, primary, intensive and specialty care, the new hospital encompasses 96 outpatient procedure rooms, 205 exam rooms, ancillary departments, support spaces and 54 patient rooms accommodating up to 60 beds for non-ambulatory patients who require stays in excess of 24 hours. Reflecting the mostly young military population it serves, the hospital has eight labor and delivery rooms, together with 16 post-partum suites. Outpatient care alone is expected to be around 2,000 visits per day.

The new Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital has replaced an older facility built in 1974 near Lake O’Neil that no longer complies with current seismic, anti-terrorism and general force protection standards for hospitals. Patients from the existing hospital were transferred to the new hospital in mid December.

The scope of work by the team included construction of a central utilities plant with 3,100 tons of cooling and redundant utility systems to allow the hospital to remain independently and fully functional for three days in the event of a power outage. It also included construction of a 1,500-space parking structure and 1,000-space surface parking area, doubling the parking capacity of the old hospital.

In addition to the team’s $394 million base contract, the U.S. Navy adopted two modifications. The first included the purchase of conservation banking credits to mitigate and increase the amount of endangered coastal sagebrush within the project boundary. The second modification incorporated roughly $42 million worth of medical equipment, furniture and artwork. 

In collaboration with NAVFAC and the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, the team developed a medical equipment package utilizing the Basis-of-Design specifications and the experience of user groups to select more than 20,000 pieces of equipment and coordinate the building infrastructure to accommodate it. Best Value Determination was used for every item, allowing the Navy an opportunity to compare models, options, maintenance contracts and lifecycle costs. This effort played a significant role in the team’s ability to proactively drive the project schedule.

HKS Architects served as project architect-of-record, and HDR Architecture was the architectural designer for the new hospital. Young+Co., HDR Architects and HKS Architects collaborated on the interior design.

The design goal was to create a world-class, timeless, landmark facility fitting of the prominent site overlooking the Pacific Ocean that would reflect the timeless values of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps while accommodating the latest in evidence-based design best practices in healthcare services.

Sustainable design features include green roofs, healing gardens, and an atrium open to the sky. The building’s energy performance is 30 percent better than baseline standards set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). The team went above and beyond efforts needed to achieve all five Innovation in Design credits by using more than 20 percent recycled content, reducing water usage by more than 50 percent, restoring vegetative open space that is more than twice the footprint of the building, and implementing a campus-wide education program that highlights the hospital’s sustainability.

Design-build delivery played a significant role on the ultimate success of this project. The design and construction teams were fully integrated right from the beginning through construction and turnover, working closely to ensure constructability, expedite work, and control quality and costs.

Jobsite safety was also a very high priority on this large project. The project team implemented numerous safety initiatives that resulted in zero lost-time incidents through more than 2.5 million man-hours – a record rarely achieved within the construction industry.

Navy Medicine West was the sponsor of the hospital representing the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, and NAVFAC Southwest managed the project.

Additional project partners on the project included KPFF Consulting Engineers, San Diego, structural engineer; TMAD Taylor and Gaines, San Diego, mechanical engineer; exp., San Diego, electrical engineer; Flores Lund Consultants, San Diego, civil engineer; and The EcoLogic Studio, San Diego, sustainability consultant.

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