Client US Department of Veterans Affairs

San Diego VA Hospital - Seismic Upgrade

San Diego, California

The US Department of Veteran's Affairs (VA) San Diego Hospital Building 1 fell short of current seismic codes and selected LEO A DALY to provide structural analysis, concept design, studies, architectural and engineering construction documents, and construction administration services for the seismic upgrade of the existing 1,000,000-SF hospital. The design team brought the building up to code and minimized costs and disruption to hospital operations. The solutions included the addition of exterior bracing on the four sides of the cross-shaped, six-story tower. The seismic reinforcement was entirely exterior with no interruption to hospital services.

At a glance

1 Million SF


Retrofit to meet seismic building codes


Structural Analysis

Concept Design


Architectural / Engineering Construction Documents

Construction Administration


The retrofit is designed to withstand a 7.2 magnitude earthquake.


The project was delivered four months ahead of schedule, and was awarded the Partnering Award by the US Department of Veterans Affairs.


This building was originally constructed in the 1970's, was the first operational hospital to have an exterior structural steel-braced frame constructed for sieismic support.