A hospital campus renovation ensures seismic compliance, and protects operations.
For Centinela Hospital Medical Center, HED completed an intensive master planning process; extensive, campus-wide renovations; and critical seismic upgrades.
This large-scale effort presented complex challenges. Our team’s primary challenge was to ensure the hospital’s ability to maintain uninterrupted operations throughout construction. We achieved this by organizing activities into carefully planned strategic phases, and by working closely with facility personnel, contractors and agency partners.
Our work encompassed four of the hospital’s ten buildings and included implementing a new campus-wide electrical infrastructure; relocating the hospital’s main lab to a seismically compliant building; remodeling and expanding the emergency department; removing multiple noncompliant buildings; and site and landscape improvements.
The hospital’s primary eight-story tower was a key focus of the new seismic upgrades. The building’s lateral force resisting system had multiple deficiencies, including a weak, soft story and vertical discontinuities. To resolve these challenges, we designed and constructed concrete shear walls at the tower’s podium level; created new connections to the existing roof diaphragm; introduced a dual moment frame; and utilized an innovative tubex pile system.
Following project completion, Centinela Hospital Medical Center now has seismically-compliant buildings that are renovated, rejuvenated and ready to continue the delivery of high-quality healthcare.