Healthcare Projects Honored in DBIA 2020 Team Awards Competition

The Design-Build Institute of America recently unveiled its national Merit Award winners in its 2020 Design-Build Project/Team Awards competition. Jurors remarked that across all sectors and project types, there is a growing amount of Design-Build innovation redefining project success beyond schedule and budget.

These Merit Award winners will compete for a National Award of Excellence and Project of the Year to be announced Oct. 29 during DBIA’s Design-Build Conference and Expo Awards Ceremony, which will be held virtually. For more details, visit

This year’s healthcare-related winners are:

Harborview Medical Center (Seattle, Washington) – 2MB Cart Washers and Sterilizers

Project overview: Replacing operating tool cleaning and sterilizing equipment is important in trauma centers, which means this project at Harborview Medical Center was of critical importance. The project upgraded and replaced critical elements of the hospital campus’s central processing unit, specifically introducing new cart washers and higher output sterilizers. The entire project had to be performed while maintaining continuous use of the current equipment at any given moment to maintain full functionality. Additional capacity and throughput were provided to keep up with growing demands, while maintaining the same physical space.

Project Facts

Client/Owner: University of Washington Capital Planning & Development
Design-Build Firm: Mortenson
Architect: Ankrom Moisan Architects, Inc.
Engineer: Lund Opsahl
Specialty Contractors: Shinn Mechanical, Inc.
Construction Duration: 10 months
Project Cost: $3.2 million

Photo courtesy of Mortenson/Kindra Scobba.

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital Patient Tower (Valencia, California)

Project overview: The Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital project consisted of a new six-story, 163,369-square-foot patient tower, which connects to an existing Level II trauma center hospital. The 116-bed tower features a dedicated maternity floor, two C-Section operating rooms and three floors of medical-surgical private room beds. Design-Build streamlined the building process, shifting risk from the owner to the team. This allowed the team to freely collaborate and get shovels in the ground quickly. Key challenges like a tight site and avoiding change orders were addressed by creating a layout and operations plan to avoid interfering with ongoing healthcare.

Project Facts

Client/Owner: Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital
Design-Build Firm: Bernards + HMC Architects
General Contractor: Bernards
Architect:  HMC Architects
Engineer: Saiful Bouquet
Specialty Contractors: Schachinger Group
Construction Duration: 63 months
Project Cost: $130 million

Sharp Santee Medical Office Building (Santee, California)

Project overview: Built on the site of a long-time vacant lot, the Sharp Santee Medical Office Building is an 86,000-square-foot building consolidating multiple medical specialties into one destination for the residents of a lower income and underdeveloped community in east San Diego County. The Design-Build team provided a genuine focus on a sense of community. This was done through hosting neighborhood-wide informational sessions on the purpose of the project, as well as involvement with the local YMCA chapters to raise awareness about the new community services within the facility.

Project Facts

Client/Owner: Sharp Healthcare
Design-Build Firm: DPR Construction
Architect: Architects HGW
Engineer: McParlane & Associates
Specialty Contractors: Criterion
Construction Duration: 15 months
Project Cost: $43 million

UW Harborview Medical Center Hybrid Bi-Plane OR (Seattle, Washington)

Project overview: As Washington’s only Level 1 trauma center, the University of Washington Harborview Medical Center needed to create a hybrid operating room with bi-plane imaging equipment. The challenge: the new BPOR was to be constructed in the middle of an active operating theater in the basement level of a 24/7 hospital and needed to be delivered under an aggressive fixed budget. The project is an example of how Design-Build delivery can bring best value to smaller, complex renovation projects in critical environments.

Project Facts

Client/Owner:  University of Washington Haborview Medical Center
Design-Build Firm: Aldrich + Associates, Inc.
Architect: Ankrom Moisan Architects
Engineer: Notkin
Specialty Contractors: PCS Structural Solutions
Construction Duration: 7 months
Project Cost: $3.4 million

UC Irvine Medical Center Central Utility Plant – Non-OSHPD (Orange, California)

Project overview: The University of California Irvine Medical Center’s new central plant consolidates utilities for many buildings on campus. This project includes a new chiller plant and emergency power located adjacent to the existing steam plant building and provides power to a majority of buildings on campus. The capacity on the project also required redundancy and expansion for future buildings. The plant was designed to accommodate four water cooled chillers and two 2,000 ton cooling towers at ultimate capacity. Because the building is in a prominent campus location and busy urban corner, the Design-Build team presented the owner with “Science on Display” — a design that addressed the heavy pedestrian traffic as a positive influence to provide visibility into the plant and educate students and visitors about the functionality of the various components and equipment of the central plant.

Project Facts

Client/Owner: University of California Irvine Medical Center
Design-Build Firm: Kitchell Contractors, Inc.
Architect: Devenney Group Ltd. Architects
Engineer: Degenkolb Engineers
MEP: TK1SC Collaborative
Specialty Contractors: KPFF Consulting Engineers (Civil)
Construction Duration: 19 months
Project Cost:$31 million

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Posted September 14, 2020

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