UC San Francisco Medical Center at Mission Bay
San Francisco, CA
Photos: Rien Van Rijthoven/Stantec
“The R+C team for UCSF Mission Bay Medical Center have been great to work with and have performed beyond expectations. Critical deadlines were always met. They also have a good relationship with the reviewing agencies which has been very beneficial.”— Owner's Rep, UCSF Mission Bay
  • 878,000 sf
  • $500 million
  • $200 million savings through pre-con innovation
  • Successful Lean project and industry benchmark
  • Largest project in UC system
  • Designed to withstand 8.0 earthquake
  • 1.5 acres of rooftop gardens requiring structural support

The UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay—consisting of the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital San Francisco, UCSF Betty Irene Moore Women’s Hospital and UCSF Bakar Cancer Hospital—was built on a grand vision of creating a world-class hospital complex for children, women and cancer patients, as well as delivering a transformative healthcare facility with unprecedented efficiency of value. The lean design and construction process envisioned by UCSF and orchestrated by the entire project team brought Lean theoretical methodologies to reality.

As Structural Engineer of Record on the hospital portions of the medical center, our role was vital to the project's success in the following ways:
  • Partnership with the entire project team strengthened and facilitated processes.
  • Innovative structural solutions saved significant costs throughout the project.
  • Our strong relationships with OSHPD and others streamlined the schedule.
The result of this team effort is an exemplary project that serves as a benchmark and the basis of ongoing research that will help advance Lean Project Delivery for the benefit of the industry and of society as a whole.

The design included a 289-bed acute care facility, San Francisco’s only emergency department for children, ambulatory care, and a central utility plant. The design optimized the BRBF configuration to cut costs, incorporated efficient steel framing layouts for cost and green applications, and met OSHPD requirements. With an aggressive 4.5-year schedule, the project benefitted from the Lean process and the Integrated Center for Design and Construction (big room), where R+C collaborated with the team to solve problems quickly and efficiently. R+C’s BIM model was used for clash detection to avoid construction delays. The hospital is designed to LEED Gold standards. 

Lean Design and Delivery Team
Owner: UC San Francisco
Architect: Stantec
General Contractor: DPR Construction