Since opening last December, the Navy's new $455 Million Replacement Hospital in Oceanside, CA, has received rave reviews for its sustainability and cost-efficient build. The latest accolades come from the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, which bestowed the project with two prestigious Alliant Build America awards: The Best New Building Project and the Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering award.

The AGC Alliant Build America Awards highlight the country's most significant construction projects. A panel of judges from every construction sector evaluate the nominated projects for their complexity, use of innovative construction techniques and client satisfaction, among other criteria.

The awards are considered by many to be the most prestigious recognition of construction accomplishments in the United States. The winners were announced during the association’s annual convention in Las Vegas on March 5.

Located on 73 acres on Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, the Replacement Hospital serves military members, veterans, and their families with emergency, primary, intensive, and specialty care. The facility offers 96 outpatient procedure rooms, 205 exam rooms, ancillary departments, 54 patient rooms, and an automated pharmacy.

The 500,000-sq-ft project was a built by a joint venture of Clark Construction Group - California, LP, and McCarthy Building Companies, Inc, and was designed by HDR Architecture and HKS, Inc.

Noted for being delivered six months ahead of schedule and more

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than $100 million below the Navy's original budget, the hospital is one of the first major design-build projects of its kind in the country to use a unique, 100% turnkey equipment procurement process, in which Clark/McCarthy took on responsibility for planning, procuring, and installing all medical equipment, furniture, and artwork, in addition to training hospital staff.

Carlos Gonzalez, P.E., project director for the Clark, told me last year that this delivery method is the reason for the project's dramatic cost and time savings. He said it gave the team "full visibility into all of the equipment decisions" so they could adapt quickly and efficiently when needed.

In collaboration with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) and Navy Medicine, Clark/McCarthy developed a medical equipment package to select more than 20,000 pieces of equipment and coordinate the building infrastructure.


The facility is also green and is shooting for LEED Gold standards with sustainable features such as healing gardens, green roofs, a central utility plant, expansive atriums for daylighting, a 170kW photovoltaic system, and a 500,000-sq-ft, 1,500 space parking structure.