Miramar, California

Miramar National Cemetery, Phase 2 Expansion

Project Manager
Chris Basham, AIA, FAICP, LEED AP, DBIA
Project Location
San Diego, California
Project Owner
VA National Cemetery Administration

KSA, as partner/sponsor with its SDVOSB teammate (DBC) supported prime contractor  John Gallup & Associates (SDVOSB) in the design of the $25.2M Phase 2 expansion of the Miramar National Cemetery in San Diego, California. The expansion project is the first major expansion since the cemetery opened in 2010.  After an update of the master plan by the team, design was initiated on the Phase 2 expansion project to develop gravesite expansion on approximately 20 acres of land.  
 
KSA and DBC were responsible for site investigation and the performance of surveys and geotechnical investigations to support the design efforts of the team. Our civil engineers worked closely with the cemetery planners and the landscape/irrigation designers for site development.  A major focus in the site development was on balancing cut and fill of over 70,000 cy for the expansion of the hilly terrain while maintaining strict slope requirements for gravesites.

The expansion of the Cemetery also includes additional cueing and expansion of the main entry into the facility which required close coordination with the City of San Diego for easements and right of way adjustments. Existing utility easements across the property were worked around. New roads and parking to accommodate access to the expansion areas were designed and planned to also support future phases of expansion.

The Phase 2 expansion included a major addition and upgrades to the existing Administration building, the design of a new 1200 square foot Honor Guard building, the addition of a mezzanine in the Maintenance Warehouse, the design and expansion of parking at both the Administration building and new Honor Guard Facility, and the design for a new covered vehicle parking structure.  KSA was responsible for structural, mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, civil and security design requirements for this project. Multiple options for designs were provided with cost estimates for each to afford the best solutions to the long range development of the cemetery.

KSA also performed HVAC studies to identify deficiencies with existing HVAC systems designing more energy efficient, effective, and sustainable systems in all the existing facilities.  

KSA assisted in the development of the draft commissioning plan which initiates commissioning (the establishment and measurement of performance-based standards for all engineered 

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