CAMP PENDLETON (CNS) - A ceremony will held at Camp Pendleton Tuesday to mark an important milestone in the construction of a new 500,000-square-foot naval hospital, base officials announced Monday.
Crews have completed the building exterior and are preparing to move on to finish interior work, according to Camp Pendleton's public affairs office. The office also reported Monday that the $450-million project is 81 percent complete and on track to be completed next winter.
Tuesday's ceremony is scheduled to start at 11:45 a.m. It comes just over a year after base officials celebrated the topping out of building's frame in similar ceremonious fashion.
The hospital is expected to be fully operational by Spring 2014. It will replace the base's existing 72-bed hospital building. The new hospital will have 62 inpatient beds, more than 200 exam rooms and nearly 100 outpatient procedure rooms.
Funding for the new hospital came from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Conditions for Sunday are expected to be warm and sunny with temperatures near average, according to forecasts.
Delegates at this weekend's California Democratic Party State Convention have decided against making endorsements among the candidates for governor, attorney general and U.S. Senate, a race where incumbent Dianne Feinstein is seeking a sixth term at age 84.
A 32-year-old Navy sailor and flight surgeon who died after being struck by a spinning helicopter blade at Camp Pendleton was identified Sunday.
A pedestrian was found dead on Interstate 5 around 2 a.m. Saturday morning. California Highway Patrol say a car struck and killed the man, leaving him to die in the freeway.
The San Diego Fire Department was called to terminal 1 at the San Diego International Airport, Saturday afternoon for reports of a fire.
A sailor has died after he was struck by a helicopter blade at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base.