Completed Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital


Clark/McCarthy JV Design-Build Team Completes $456M Naval Hospital at Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton.


Ahead of Schedule and Under Budget

Delivering the project six months ahead of schedule and more than $100 million under budget, the joint venture (JV) design-build team of Clark Construction Group, LLC, and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc., has completed construction of the new 1,000,000 sq. ft. (total campus) Naval Hospital at the Marine Corps Base at Camp Pendleton. Providing emergency, primary, intensive and specialty care, the new hospital will have 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 will also have eight labor and delivery rooms, together with 16 post-partum suites. Outpatient care alone is expected to reach around 2,000 visits per day.

The hospital earned a LEED Gold Certification and features numerous sustainable elements, most notably an energy system that will outperform baseline standards by 30 percent.

The new Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital is replacing 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, and will instead be used for administrative offices and storage. Patients from the existing hospital will be transferred to the new hospital in mid-December. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled to take place on January 31st.

The scope of work by the JV team also 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, which will double the parking capacity of the existing hospital.

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. The design team fully integrated with the construction team from the beginning through construction, working closely with members on each design submittal and package to ensure constructability, expedite work, and control quality and costs. No major construction was started until 65 percent of the design was finalized.

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

Dignitaries with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest, the construction team and hospital commemorated the extraordinary feat during an official ceremony held October 17thto pass the facility key from the Clark/McCarthy JV to NAVFAC to the Navy Medicine. Representatives of all parties were on hand to celebrate the occasion.

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