Healthcare Facilities

Sharp Chula Vista Ocean View Tower

Chula Vista, California

Sharp Chula Vista Ocean View Tower

2019 | Healthcare Facilities | National Award — Excellence | National Award — Merit

Sharp Chula Vista Ocean View Tower


Meeting the growing need of a California border community, the Hensel Phelps/ SmithGroup team designed and constructed this impressive seven-story, inpatient hospital tower ahead of schedule and under budget. Within the 106-bed tower, there is a grand two-story lobby on the ground floor, with separate surgery and ICU waiting rooms—placed adjacent to courtyards and healing gardens. Three floors make up the bulk of the tower with patient rooms flanking both the eastern and western sides for views with natural lighting. The central core of the facility houses physician and nursing functions, such as call stations, for quick and effective responses. To further elevate the experience, the hospital’s “redefined dining” is located on the top floor, providing 270-degree views of the ocean and chaparral-covered hills.

Design-Build Done Right® Delivered

A key element to the team’s success was building a culture of dynamic problem-solving. According to the Owner, the team was open-minded, collaborative, creative, and executed solutions quickly & effectively. Early collaboration eliminated the need to obtain deferred approvals, which reduced the project review schedule by six months—allowing construction to start one year ahead of time. Contingency savings allowed Sharp Healthcare to significantly enhance and upgrade the building without adding additional cost to the budget. Through multiple user reviews with full virtual and physical mock-ups, over 72 items were identified and revised, more than 100 process improvements were made, and the result was one which included 55 design features to support Sharp’s commitment to be a High Reliability Organization (HRO). Despite being a complex California hospital project, this high-performance team was able to exceed expectations on shared target goals related to safety, quality, cost excellence and schedule.

Design-Build Team

Client/Owner: Sharp Healthcare, Inc.
Design-Build Firm: Hensel Phelps
General Contractor: Hensel Phelps
Architect: SmithGroupJJR – Architect
Engineer: DEGENKOLB – Structural Engineer
Project Manager: Hensel Phelps
Construction Duration: 29 months
Construction Cost: $189,269,386.00

Photo Credit: © 2019 Tom Bonner