Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

Oceanside, California

  • Services Structural Engineering
  • Market(s) Government, Healthcare
  • Sustainability LEED Gold
  • Awards 2015 SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering
    2014 ENR California's Best Projects, Health Care: Best Project
    2014 DBIA WPR Award Winner, Top Award
    2014 Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award, Associated General Contractors of America
    2014 Best New Building Project, Alliant Build America, Associated General Contractors of America
    2013 DBIA WPR Award Winner (Project in Progress)


Square Feet


Months Ahead of Schedule


Under Budget

  • Owner Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest
  • Architect HKS, Inc.
    HDR Architecture, Inc.
  • Contractor Clark McCarthy Joint Venture
  • Collaborators KTUA
    Taylor & Gaines
  • Team Los Angeles, CA
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

The multilevel medical hospital at Camp Pendleton includes 60 inpatient beds for medical surgery, labor/delivery, post-partum, and intensive care, as well as 96 procedure rooms, 205 exam rooms, and 10 operating rooms; a central utility plant with 3,100 tons of cooling and redundant utility systems; a 1,500-space parking facility; and 1,000 surface parking spaces. From the project’s inception, the team worked entirely in three dimensions to design and coordinate the hospital, including its civil infrastructure, building superstructure, envelope, building systems, and interior spaces. During design development, the model helped the team accurately determine the budget and constructability. The model was linked to the project’s cost-loaded CPM schedule to produce a 5D tool (3D geometry, time, cost) that automatically adjusted when changes were made. Using the model, the team prefabricated numerous materials and components, including mechanical systems, window and exterior framing assemblies, ductwork, piping, casework, pneumatic tube system, and electrical distribution systems. The LEED Gold Certified facility outperforms baseline ASHRAE energy standards by 30%, thanks to its daylight-rich interior scheme, 36,000-sf vegetated roof, and 170 kW photovoltaic solar panel array for domestic hot water. The massive, one-million-sf campus was completed in just 34 months, a full six months ahead of the original schedule and two years faster than any previous NAVFAC hospital project. The Building Team also came in more than $100 million under budget, with less than 2% contractor-requested change orders, zero lost-time incidents, and zero rework needed due to government noncompliance. The Building Team was commended for executing an extremely large and complex program under an aggressive schedule and experimental design-build contracting method—all while beating the initial budget by nearly 19%.

Additional Services Provided:

  • Building Design
  • Pedestrian Bridges
  • Bridge Design

Whit Robinson quote marks

The naval hospital replacement project at Camp Pendleton is one of the largest Recovery Act projects within the Department of Defense and plays a critical role for the support and care for the local military families in the Camp Pendleton area.

Whit Robinson
Whit Robinson
NAVFAC Southwest's Resident Office in Charge of Construction
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