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Camp Pendleton Breaks Ground On New Naval Hospital

Camp Pendleton has broken ground on the largest Navy construction project in the federal stimulus fund program.

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Aired 12/2/10

Camp Pendleton has broken ground on the largest Navy construction project in the federal stimulus fund program.

New Naval Hospital To Be Built On Camp Pendleton
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Above: New Naval Hospital To Be Built On Camp Pendleton

The new 500,000 foot Naval Hospital will have an ocean view and state of the art medical facilities for 150,000 military service members, their families and retirees.

Motorists driving north on Interstate 5 will be able to see the new multi-story building going up. It’s on 70 acres next to the freeway, and will service patients from bases around Southern California.

The hospital will have about 60 beds, fewer than the existing Naval Hospital that operates 12 miles away on the base. That hospital was build 35 years ago with 600 beds, though the number is now down to about 72. Current health care methods focus on outpatient treatment. But the new facility will offer surgery, dental treatments and emergency care.

Navy Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, speaking at the sire of the groundbreaking of the new Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton.
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Above: Navy Surgeon General, Vice Admiral Adam Robinson, speaking at the sire of the groundbreaking of the new Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton.

Colonel Nicholas Marano, Commanding Officer for Camp Pendleton, said the project is the biggest Navy contract yet awarded under the 2009 federal stimulus fund program.

“We are truly in the midst of an unprecedented five-year construction boom here at Camp Pendleton,” he said. “There are currently 63 active projects across this base, with a total dollar value of $1.9 billion.”

Marano said once the hospital replacement project is fully underway, approximately 10,000 construction workers will work at Camp Pendleton on a daily basis.

Plan of the new Naval Hospital, due to open in 2014 on Camp Pendelton
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Above: Plan of the new Naval Hospital, due to open in 2014 on Camp Pendelton

A partnership of Clark and McCarthy, companies based in St Louis and Bethesda, was awarded the $400 million contract in September. Project manager Mike Tuohy says it will generate up to 1,000 construction jobs.

“A project like this does attract national interest,” he said, “but the overwhelming majority of them will be San Diego employees.”

Construction is on a fast track and the hospital is scheduled to open in 2014.

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