JV kicks off $4.3B San Francisco hospital build

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Dive Brief:

  • Construction has kicked off on a new, $4.3 billion hospital at the University of California, San Francisco, according to the school. 
  • A three-pronged JV of San Francisco-based Webcor and Herrero Builders, as well as the Appleton, Wisconsin-headquartered The Boldt Company, is building the project, according to Webcor. 
  • Operating as HBW, the group will construct the 15-floor, 880,000-square-foot UCSF Health Helen Diller Hospital across one city block in San Francisco’s Parnassus Heights neighborhood. 

Dive Insight:

The project has a 30% local hiring goal for construction workers and UCSF pledged to create 1,000 union jobs, as well as new job training programs.

In addition, the job calls for renovations of approximately 114,000 square feet of space at the existing Moffitt and Long Hospitals, HBW said. Project specs include a new 15-story exterior stair and seismic upgrades at Moffitt Hospital, renovations at the existing Parnassus Central Utility Plant, demolition of the Langley Porter Psychiatric building and expansion of the existing Long Hospital loading dock, main hospital thoroughfare and site utilities.

Lead architect Herzog & de Meuron and architect of record HDR designed the hospital, according to UCSF. The facility will incorporate the latest technologies in diagnostics, robotics and surgical procedures into complex specialty care, including neurosurgery, cardiology, transplant and emergency medicine.

The new facility’s operating suites will have access to MRIs, scanners and other imaging equipment for complex cases, such as brain tumors and transplants, while expanded patient rooms will accommodate larger, modern medical equipment.

It will also increase UCSF Health’s current capacity by 37% to 682 beds, while adding 22 new operating rooms, for a total of 40 overall, the university said. In addition, 31 new emergency care beds will increase overall capacity to 70 beds. 

UCSF is also investing $20 million in public transit improvements. That includes $11 million for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority to augment the N Judah line, according to the university.

The facility is expected to open in 2030.  

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