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Centinela Hospital Medical Center
Inglewood, CA
Centinela, HED
Seismic proportions.
A hospital campus renovation ensures seismic compliance, and protects operations.
Digging deep.
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.
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Results
HED delivered a complete hospital intervention and seismic compliance upgrades for Centinela Hospital Medical Center.
Our work included an intensive master planning process; the resulting master plan will inform the hospital’s growth and service expansion beyond 2030.
The hospital’s primary eight-story tower was a key priority. To ensure the building’s safety and seismic compliance, we designed and constructed new concrete shear walls, created new roof diaphragm connections, added a dual moment frame and implemented an innovative tubex pile system.
The tubex pile system enables 75-foot piles to be driven into the ground inside the tower and within the existing 13-foot clear space.
The necessary upgrades required our team to work in close proximity to sensitive spaces, including the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Surgery, and Emergency Department.
Our team also created a new main building entry featuring a dramatic frameless glass canopy.
[HED] was out-of-the-box thinkers, coming up with a solution that saved close to a hundred million dollars more than the other A/E team.”
Pat Silvestri
CEO (former)
Prime Healthcare
Project Data
Centinela Hospital Medical Center 2010-PD407-000
Prime Healthcare
Inglewood, California
PROJECT SCOPE
Study, Renovation, Addition
HED ROLE
Design Architect, Executive Architect
RSF/GSF
400,000
CONSTRUCTION COST
$52.0 Million
Project Team
  • Bruce Macpherson
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Sector Leader
  • Peter Schubin
    AIA
    Senior Associate
    Architecture + Design
A hospital campus renovation ensures seismic compliance, and protects operations.
Centinela Hospital Medical Center
Inglewood, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Seismic proportions.