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, the multidisciplinary campus combines these three specialties into a single state-of-the-art campus.

The three-building hospital complex at Mission Bay stretches across 14.5 acres, just south of the existing UCSF biomedical campus. The facility will expand in 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. This resulted in fewer change orders, claims, and delays throughout the construction process, in addition to ensuring the architect’s intent and owner’s green agenda were upheld. Team members included personnel from UCSF, Stantec Architecture, DPR Construction, engineers, and additional subcontractors. This group relied heavily on the usage of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies.

Enclos provided preconstruction services for Phase 1. In-house engineers delivered shop drawings and structural calculations required for OSHPD submissions, while in-house BIM technicians contributed 3D models of the building complex to improve project quality, lower costs, and maximize schedule efficiency. Enclos’ project scope included the Women’s & Children’s Hospital building (204,000 square feet of facade area), the Outpatient building (123,000 square feet of facade area), and the Energy Center building (68,000 square feet 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 mockups and testing procedures before construction.

Phase 2 included 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 daylight throughout patient rooms in an effort to blur the boundaries between inside and out. At the same time, 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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