Palomar Medical Center

Escondido, CA
Palomar Health
CO Architects
DPR Construction
LEED Silver
Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering

Palomar Health’s new flagship hospital is 11-stories and 288-beds. Palomar Medical Center (PMC) was designed by CO Architects and built by DPR Construction. For years, it was the largest construction project in California. The new PMC is widely considered an architectural and technological masterpiece. Twenty-five million pounds of structural steel and 5 million feet of electrical cable were used during construction. The $956-million hospital was paid in part through a bond passed by North County voters in 2004.
There are countless outstanding aspects of the new hospital, which include extensive use of natural light, a 1.5-acre rolling green roof, wireless access throughout the facility, expansive gardens and a large custom chandelier in the main lobby that makes a dramatic first impression for those visiting the hospital.

Awards & Recognition

  • ENR's 2012 Best Healthcare Project of the Year
  • ENR's 2012 Best Overall Project of the Year
  • 2010 AIA TAP (Technology in Architectural Practice) Building Information Model National Award (highest award in the category of "BIM Excellence")
  • 2010 World Architecture News Award, Healthcare Sector Building of the Year Shortlist
  • 2007 AIA Modern Healthcare Citation Award
  • 2007 AIA/Los Angeles Chapter Next LA Design Award
  • 2006 Healthcare Design Citation of Merit
  • 2006 BIM Project Award, Autodesk
  • 2013 SEAOC Best New Project: Award of Excellence (Large Project)
  • 2014 Soliant Health's Top 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S

Photo Credit: © Tom Bonner
Photo Credit: © Tom Bonner
Photo Credit: © Tom Bonner
Photo Credit: © Tom Bonner
Photo Credit: © Tom Bonner