Southland Industries’ Sharp Chula Vista Emergency Room Expansion Project Receives DBIA Merit Award

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 - 21:45

Garden Grove, CA

Southland Industries, one of the nation's largest mechanical contractors, was recently presented with the Design Build Institute of America (DBIA) Western Pacific Region’s Merit Award at the sixth annual Design-Build Competition. Southland’s Sharp Chula Vista Emergency Room Expansion project received the Merit Award in the Design-Build Rehabilitation/ Renovation/ Restoration category. The DBIA Merit Award is awarded to projects that signify excellent implementation of design-build techniques meeting or exceeding the owner’s expectations.
To qualify for a Western Pacific Region DBIA award, projects must be executed successfully using design-build methodology. Projects must also demonstrate early collaboration amongst trades during preconstruction and design, as well as contractual acceptance of single-entity risk within the design-build team. Furthermore, winning projects must exhibit advanced and innovative applications of total integrated project delivery, while finding unique solutions for project challenges.
About the project
The Sharp Chula Vista Emergency Room Expansion project is a 10,000 square foot renovation and expansion of an existing emergency department in Chula Vista, California. The Sharp Chula Vista Medical Center (SCVMC) Campus was constructed in the mid 1970s and has grown from a 110-bed acute care facility to 343 beds since its construction. Having more than doubled its population, the City of Chula Vista remains a rapidly growing community. Prior to the renovation, the SCVMC Emergency Department cared for approximately 50,000 patients annually, and served more patients per treatment bed than any other hospital in the Sharp system.
The final design not only enhanced vehicular and pedestrian movement for the emergency department through improved signage, entryways, driveways and pedestrian sidewalks, it also delivered six more treatment beds than the bed count originally requested in the RFP. The project was completed nine months ahead of schedule, with little to no impact on the hospital operating adjacent to the renovation.
About DBIA
The Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is a membership organization founded in 1993 to advocate and advance single source project delivery within the design and construction community. The design-build method of project delivery embraces architecture/engineering and construction services under a single contract, thereby re-integrating the roles of designer and constructor. DBIA members include practitioners from all project phases, plus public and private sector project owners.

About Southland

Founded in 1949, Southland Industries is one of the nation's largest MEP building systems experts providing innovative yet practical solutions through a holistic approach to building performance. Advocating a design-build-maintain model, Southland specializes in the design, construction, and service of mechanical, plumbing, fire protection, process piping, automation and controls systems, as well as comprehensive energy services needs. Offering standalone services as well as integrated solutions, Southland’s in-house experts remain connected, sharing knowledge and information in order to produce the results that have earned Southland its unmatched reputation as one of the top design-builders in the nation. As a company that has always prided itself on innovation and collaboration, Southland continues to pave the way as an industry leader in sustainability and energy efficiency so as to improve the way buildings are designed, built, and maintained. For information, please visit

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