UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

UCSF Medical Center has historically served as the home to several medical landmarks, including recognition as one of the highest-ranking children’s hospitals, one of the largest Comprehensive Cancer Centers, and one of the original centers for women’s health. With increased inpatient and outpatient demand, a new multidisciplinary campus is scheduled to open in 2015 that combines these three specialties into a single state of the art campus.

The new three-building hospital complex at Mission Bay stretches across 14.5-acres, situated just south of the existing UCSF biomedical campus. The facility will expand in terms of both volume and patient facilities while complying with increased earthquake safety standards mandated by the State of California. The integrated complex consists of 289-beds to serve children, women and cancer patients within an 878,000 square foot campus.

Over a year and a half before groundbreaking, Enclos met with other key team members at the project’s Integrated Center for Design and Construction. The team assembled on the project site to develop lean construction methods. The result will be fewer change orders, claims, and delays throughout the construction process, in addition to ensuring the architect’s intent and owner’s green agenda is upheld. Team members included personnel from UCSF, Stantec Architecture, DPR Construction, engineers, and additional subcontractors. This group continues to rely heavily on the usage of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies.

Enclos is providing preconstruction services for Phase 1. The Firm’s in-house engineers deliver shop drawings and structural calculations required for OSHPD submissions, while in-house BIM technicians contribute 3-D models of the building complex to improve project quality, lower costs, and maximize schedule efficiency. The Firm’s project scope includes the Women’s & Children’s Hospital building (204,000 square feet of facade area), Outpatient building (123,000 square feet of facade area), and the Energy Center building (68,000 sqft of facade area). Custom wall system designs include seismic and acoustic treatments, sun-shading, large special glass, glass fins, operable windows and shadowboxes. Enclos validated these custom wall systems during a series of mockup and testing procedures before construction.

Phase 2 includes the construction of 395,000 square feet of facade. Curtainwall units were fabricated and assembled by MK Architectural Metal in Ohio, and then shipped to the job site for erection by Enclos field teams.

Through a series of green practices, the project achieved LEED gold certification, making the hospital one of the largest healthcare complexes certified by the U.S. Green Building Council in the world. Facade contributions to this green agenda include patient rooms that maximize daylighting as a design element. Light shelves bounce daylighting throughout patient rooms in an effort to blur the boundaries between inside and out, while glass sunshades and louvers are incorporated as a control element when necessary.

For more information about the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, you can view their web page here.



Facade Area:

395,000 sq ft


San Francisco, CA




111 ft


University of California, San Francisco

General Contractor:

DPR Construction


Stantec (formerly Anshen + Allen), William McDonough + Partners


Arup, Rutherford & Chekene


Best of the Best: Health Care
Engineering News-Record, 2015

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