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Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center, Ocean View Tower

As Structural Engineer of Record, Degenkolb Engineers is part of the Hensel Phelps and SmithGroupJJR / AVRP design-build team.  The project includes a new 7-story, 197,000 sf, 138-bed patient tower with six OR’s, new kitchen, and dining on the roof. Levels 2 and 3 of the tower are designed with strict vibration criteria. The building is steel framed.

The project also features a concrete and steel Entry Building with a large cantilevered canopy, a new loading dock and materials management area with an extensive canopy system, and the NPC4 reclassification and renovation of the generator building.


  • 138 private rooms for patients
  • Six Operating rooms including a hybrid OR.
  • Penthouse dining with panoramic ocean and mountain views of San Diego
  • Mat foundation with five foot utility chase below slab on grade
  • Design Build



  • First new hospital in San Diego South Bay region in 40 years
  • Fast tracked design and construction
  • Vibration Design of OR floors and roofs
  • Very efficient steel tonnage for 7-story OSHPD tower, while still being able to provide a high performing system for vibration and seismic resistance.
  • NPC Reclassification of support buildings
Project Stats
Client AVRP, Hensel Phelps, SmithGroup,
Square Footage 197,000
Construction Cost $244M
Completion Date 2019
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