New Navy hospi­tal sail­ing along

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The new re­place­ment naval hospi­tal at Camp Pendle­ton near San Diego will cost $451 mil­lion and will have only 67 beds. But with al­most 2,000 out­pa­tient and 131 emer­gency depart­ment vis­its pro­jected for the build­ing each day, it’s not meant to be a typ­i­cal in­pa­tient fa­cil­ity.

“Peo­ple al­ways ask, ‘How many beds do you have?’” says Lt. Cmdr. Stephen Padhi, U.S. Naval Fa­cil­i­ties En­gi­neer­ing Com­mand South­west se­nior as­sis­tant res­i­dent of­fi­cer in charge of con­struc­tion. “That’s an an­ti­quated ques­tion.”

While its bed count is low, the new hospi­tal will have 514 pa­tient rooms for emer­gency, pri­mary and spe­cialty care. There will be den­tal, in­ten­sive care and sur­gi­cal de­part­ments as well.

The Navy doesn’t name its hos­pi­tals af­ter peo­ple as other branches of the armed ser­vices do, so the fa­cil­ity is sim­ply the “Re­place­ment Naval Hospi­tal Camp Pendle­ton” for now. The for­mal name for the mas­sive mil­i­tary com­plex it’s on is Ma­rine Corps Base Camp Pendle­ton, which oc­cu­pies 125,000 acres and fea­tures 17 miles of Pa­cific coast­line.

The ex­ist­ing 72-bed hospi­tal, built in 1974, is not in com­pli­ance with Cal­i­for­nia seis­mic safety stan­dards and will be used for ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fices. It’s also about 10 miles in­land while the new fa­cil­ity is near the front en­trance of the base and will be some­thing the public en­ter­ing the base will def­i­nitely no­tice, or driv­ing into or fly­ing over the San Diego re­gion.

The project is be­ing paid for by the Amer­i­can Re­cov­ery and Rein­vest­ment Act of 2009, and is be­ing led by Clark Con­struc­tion Group and Mccarthy Build­ing Cos. work­ing as a joint ven­ture. They were awarded a $394 mil­lion de­sign-build base con­tract on the 497,000square-foot hospi­tal, sched­uled to be fin­ished in Jan­uary 2014. Fur­nish­ings, equip­ment and as­sorted site de­vel­op­ment work ac­count for most of the re­main­ing costs. Ar­chi­tect du­ties are be­ing han­dled by HKS and HDR.

All the ma­jor con­trac­tors were on-site since the project be­gan. Ear­lier this month, the team was rec­og­nized with a bronze award from the Cal­i­for­nia Coun­cil for Ex­cel­lence, and it will rep­re­sent the state dur­ing the Amer­i­can So­ci­ety for Qual­ity’s World Con­fer­ence on Qual­ity and Im­prove­ment, May 21-23, in Ana­heim, Calif.

Along with the hospi­tal, the project in­cludes a 20,000-square-foot util­i­ties plant and a 507,000-square-foot, 1,500-space park­ing fa­cil­ity, which Padhi refers to as the “Garage Ma­hal.” Hid­den be­low ground are two tanks that will hold 70,000 gal­lons of diesel fuel for the backup gen­er­a­tors. “It’s a 70-acre site, so—if it was not on Camp Pendle­ton—it would be big enough to be its own base,” Padhi says. “We’re re­ally build­ing a cam­pus— not just an­other build­ing.”

“We want to cre­ate a heal­ing en­vi­ron­ment,” he says, and that can be erased quickly if pa­tients get lost and frus­trated on ar­rival, so great care was taken to de­sign a fa­cil­ity that can be eas­ily nav­i­gated de­spite its great size.

The heal­ing en­vi­ron­ment will fea­ture out­door ther­apy spa­ces in­clud­ing a fit­ness track that rings the cam­pus, ex­ten­sive use of nat­u­ral light and other ev­i­dence-based de­sign fea­tures. Lo­cated be­tween the moun­tains and the ocean, the site meant de­sign­ers didn’t have to strug­gle to fig­ure out the per­fect ori­en­ta­tion for the build­ing to max­i­mize its views as spec­tac­u­lar vis­tas are avail­able in ev­ery di­rec­tion.

The new naval hospi­tal at Camp Pendle­ton in Cal­i­for­nia is set to open in early 2014.

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