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DBIA Honors Swinerton for Hospital Expansion and Modernization Project

/ -- SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwired - August 29, 2016) - Swinerton Builders was recognized with a National Design-Build Project/Team Award for the Sharp Mesa Vista Expansion and Modernization project in the Design-Build Institute of America's (DBIA) 21st annual Design-Build Project/Team Awards. The award program showcases design-build best practices and celebrates the achievements of owners and design-build teams in ten categories across the spectrum of horizontal and vertical construction. Swinerton, together with Cuningham Group Architecture, was honored with an award in the Healthcare Facilities category for exceeding owner expectations for function and durability of finishes for the end users, achieving budget and schedule goals, and for exemplifying an advanced and innovative approach to total integrated project delivery.

"By showcasing design-build best practices, teaming techniques, contracting methods, and ways to drive innovation, winners of National Design-Build Project/Team Awards provide examples to the rest of the industry on how to achieve Design-Build Done Right," said Lisa Washington, CAE, Executive Director/CEO of DBIA.

Located at 7850 Vista Hill Avenue, Sharp Mesa Vista is San Diego County's largest privately operated psychiatric hospital and one of the largest behavioral health providers in the nation. Originally constructed in the 1960s, the facility provides comprehensive behavioral health services for children, adolescents, adults, and seniors experiencing anxiety, bi-polar disorder, depression, dementia, substance abuse, eating disorders, and other conditions.

Swinerton teamed with Cuningham Group to deliver the six-phase project design-build. The design-build process allows for flexibility if unforeseen existing conditions arise throughout the course of construction. The most complex and significant project phase that improved the delivery of care and security of patients and staff involved expanding Sharp's 6,500-square-foot Multipurpose Building. The scope of work included a new Pharmacy and Electroconvulsive Therapy Center, new medical gas and vacuum in ECT, a hydraulic elevator, and fire sprinkler system.

The Swinerton/Cuningham Group team also performed significant renovations to 9,000 square feet on the second floor of the Child Adolescent Program (CAP) Building, along with 7,600 square feet on the first floor of the East Wing Building. This involved reactivating seven patient beds within the CAP, adding nine new patient beds within the East Wing, refinishing all existing patient and toilet rooms, and adding new dining/activity rooms and nurse stations, along with a new fire sprinkler system within the East Wing Building.

After six construction phases and renovations to three buildings, Sharp Mesa Vista's new facility provides their diverse patient groups and treatment programs with a modern, safe, and healing-oriented space that will serve the local community for several generations.

About Swinerton
Swinerton provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market it serves -- proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit its blog, Swinerton Builds Tomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, LinkedIn, and Instagram.

About Cuningham Group Architecture
Awarded the American Institute of Architects Minnesota Firm Award in 2013, Cuningham Group® transcends tradition with architecture, interior design, urban design, and landscape architecture services for a diverse mix of client and project types. The firm's client-centered, collaborative approach incorporates trend-setting architecture and environmental responsiveness to create projects that weave seamlessly into the urban fabric. Founded in 1968, the firm is consistently recognized as a leader in the field of architecture and has grown to over 327 employees in offices in Minneapolis, San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Biloxi, Denver, Phoenix, Seoul, and Beijing. For more information, please visit

About DBIA
Established in 1993, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) is the only organization that defines, teaches, and promotes best practices in design-build project delivery. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility. Owners select design-build to achieve best value while meeting schedule, cost, and quality goals. Learn more about design-build and DBIA's certification and other programs at

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