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UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay

Designed for healthcare research, treatment, and innovation

  • 878K

    Square Feet

  • 100+

    Employees Involved

  • San Francisco, California

    San Francisco, California

A design to balance identity with cost-efficiency UCSF Medical Center

San Francisco prides itself on being a leader in many social and technological issues including caring for the health of its citizens, being a center for research and innovation, and spearheading efforts to be the greenest city in the United States. An existing University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Mission Bay life sciences research campus made the addition of a new medical center nearby an ideal ground for translational medicine. It provides space for UCSF’s highly-regarded cancer, children and women’s programs.

The design puzzle was to balance identity with the cost efficiency of shared services in construction, operational, and staffing costs. In the 878,000 square foot structure, each center of excellence is separate, but shares a platform of support services and diagnostic treatment spaces arranged along a main spine. A kaleidoscope of color of dichroic glass enlivens the building’s surface and entry to the Benioff Children’s Hospital. The women’s center and cancer center have separate entrances. Sky lobbies allow families outdoor access on patient floors, while over six acres of gardens on terraces, some accessible to patients, make it a hospitable place connected to the natural environment at every opportunity.

At a Glance

Offices
Feature Article
Healthcare Design Magazine
Award
ENR California's Best Projects 2015, Best Project Award - Healthcare 2015
SEAOC Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards 2015
Meet Our Team

Lynn Befu, Principal

By merging the diverse needs of client advocates and design disciplines, we aim to achieve elegant and simple solutions that satisfy as many goals as possible.

Annie Coull, Senior Architect, Healthcare

Healthcare architecture is the result of a perfect fusion of the ordinary and extraordinary, and this is manifested most creatively in environments for children.
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Laurel Harrison, Senior Principal, Sector Leader, Health (US West & Global)

There is no opportunity too small for great design.
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Ann Kilpatrick, Senior Principal, Architecture

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from success with a difficult task that demands your best.
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Rory Picklyk, Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Buildings (US West)

I get to witness the magic of walking amongst what started as a few pencil lines on paper—that’s a feeling very few get to experience.
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Adoria Huey, Senior Architect

My purpose is to be an ambassador for the design of buildings that bring joy to the people who use them and pride to those who build them.
  • Lynn Befu

    Principal

  • Annie  Coull

    Senior Architect, Healthcare

  • Laurel Harrison

    Senior Principal, Sector Leader, Health (US West & Global)

  • Ann Kilpatrick

    Senior Principal, Architecture

  • Rory Picklyk

    Vice President, Regional Business Leader, Buildings (US West)

  • Adoria Huey

    Senior Architect

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