Volume 28, Issue 2 - March/April 2014


Strong Foundations

Glass and glazing products play a defining role in the recently constructed 1 million-square-foot (total campus) Naval Hospital at the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, which was completed six months ahead of schedule and more than $100 million under budget. The Los Angeles operations of HKS Architects Inc. served as the architect of record while HDR Architecture Inc. in San Diego served as the architectural designer for the new hospital. The joint venture design-build team included contract glazier Tower Glass of San Diego along with Clark Construction Group LLC and McCarthy Building Companies Inc.

According to Jeff Swaim, project manager with Tower Glass, the hospital project features laminated glass fabricated with PPG Solarban 70.

Northwestern Industries was the glass fabricator. Vision Systems was the curtainwall supplier.

Swaim says one of the important considerations for this project was the blast requirements, requiring the glass and glazing to meet certain PSI. He explains the glass has to be able to transfer the load [from a blast] to the mullions and the mullions then to the building structure.

“The glass has to be able to give as much as possible without failing … the attachments are probably ten times that of a normal curtainwall system,” says Swaim.

The hospital is expected to earn LEED Gold Certification. Included among its sustainable design features is an atrium open to the sky. According to builders, the hospital’s energy performance is 30 percent better than baseline standards set by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

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.

“The replacement hospital is a facility ‘catch-up’ for the progress of modern medicine, since the last facility was built in the early 1970s,” said Capt. Mark A. Kobelja, commanding officer of the Naval Hospital Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. “The new facility utilizes evidence-based design to enhance healing for patients, as well as efficient and effective design to conserve water and energy, protect from earthquakes and optimize the work environment for staff. Designed as a like-for-like replacement of existing capabilities, the new facility will greatly enhance those capabilities with the newest facility and equipment technologies. Add in the ocean view, large windows, greenery and pleasing finishes and textures throughout, and it’s little wonder our staff and patients are ready to move in.”

The new Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital replaces an older facility built in 1974 near Lake O’Neil that no longer complied with current seismic, anti-terrorism, and general force protection standards for hospitals. It will now be used for administrative offices and storage. The project also received two Alliant Build America awards from the Associated General Contractors of America, including Best New Building Project and the Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering award.

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