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San Francisco General Hospital


The new San Francisco General Hospital has 284 beds, 14 operating rooms, and provide the only Level-1 trauma care in the city when completed in 2015. The 460,000 sq. ft. steel structure consists of two levels below grade and eight levels above grade including a mechanical penthouse. The hospital will feature a 40,000 sq. ft. emergency room, a 20,000 sq. ft. radiology department, and units providing Intensive Care, Critical Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Forensic services. Other service areas will include Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Sterile Processing, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Pulmonary Function, Biomedical, Morgue and Autopsy. Successfully integrating the site utilities was a significant challenge. The campus has been in continuous operation since 1872, so there were multiple existing buildings and many site unknowns.

The collaborative use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) with the core subcontractors allowed the team to evaluate vari­ous alternatives for routing the active steam lines, I.T. conduits, 12 KV electrical power, and sewer connections. This process allowed the utilities installation to continue ahead of schedule while saving over $1 Million. Although the original contract called for excavation and shoring to begin after the new utilities were in place, Webcor saved 3 months by re-sequencing the sched­ule to allow excavation, shoring and utilities work to occur simultaneously. Webcor identified a modular, turn-key system from a single vendor that met the requirements for patient room headwall functionality. By eliminating the need for custom components from multiple vendors, the modular alternative will cost less and be more efficient to install.

In addition to providing San Francisco with a world-class hospital, the new building has the most seismically-resistant design known today. There are 115 base isolators under the building. This type of foundation will allow the hospital to glide 30 inches in any direction, in the event of an earthquake.

With the new building, San Francisco General becomes the only hospital in the city with this level of protection against an earthquake and the first hospital in California to be LEED Gold certified.

The project topped-off on June 6, 2012.

Sustainability Features:

  • Carbon foot-print and life-cycle analysis services were utilized to measure the environmental impact of the building
  • 90% of all rainfall is captured and treated for reuse on-site
  • The retrofit process involved extensive remediation of asbestos and lead, and had to be excavated on site prior to construction of the project