San Francisco’s newest hospital – CPMC Mission Bernal Campus – opened on August 25th, the culmination of more than 10 years of effort by Sutter Health and its partners to replace the aging St. Luke’s Hospital which did not meet seismic code requirements.
“For 150 years, we have had the privilege to care for San Franciscans from every neighborhood of our wonderful city,” says California Pacific Medical Center CEO Warren Browner, M.D., MPH. “We are delighted to carry on that tradition and meet the ever-changing needs of our City by the Bay.”
Here is the news report from KPIX CBS SF Bay Area on the Grand Opening:
What are the Features of the New Mission Bernal Campus Hospital?
CPMC’s Mission Bernal campus hospital integrates the latest technologies, advanced seismic safety and world-class healthcare in each of its seven floors. The hospital is a 120-bed facility with approximately 215,000 total square feet of acute care, clinical and administrative space that includes:
- 88 medical/surgical unit beds
- 10 intensive care unit beds
- 22 labor/delivery and postpartum beds
- Expanded emergency department with 16 exam/treatment rooms
- Imaging department with CT and MRI
- Seven operating rooms, including two dedicated to obstetrics
High quality, technology, safety, efficiency and personal touches are the norm, including:
- Private patient rooms, all with views, including space for a family member to spend the night
- Automated systems admit visitors, protect newborns and support patient safety
- Real-time data verifies staff hand sanitation in and out of rooms and may reduce hospital acquired infections by as much as 40 percent
- Smart pneumatic tube system tracks supplies, medications and blood samples; it reduces errors and improves turnaround time
- Self-sufficient design allows the hospital to operate without city utilities for up to four days
In addition, the hospital added an Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) unit—one of the few such units in Northern California and the first at Sutter Health—which offers 19 private, specially-designed rooms in an environment that promotes comfort, safety and independence for patients age 70 and above. The facility was also designed to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification by cutting greenhouse gas emissions, draining approximately 360,000 gallons of storm water annually from the storm and sewer system and capturing 50,000 gallons of rainwater to dissipate heat from the HVAC system at the building’s rooftop cooling towers.
Vantage’s Involvement in the Mission Bernal Project
Vantage has been involved with the Mission Bernal project since 2009 and was responsible for the Strategic Technology Planning, Infrastructure Design, Systems Design Implementation, Project Management and Transition Planning. We designed and coordinated technologies including Structured Cabling, Data Networking, Telephone Systems, Real Time Location System, Media Distribution, Audiovisual Systems and Low Voltage Systems. The technologies in the hospital support the innovative work of the healthcare professionals working at the hospital by minimizing ‘low value’ tasks allowing clinicians, nurses and other staff to focus on working with patients and performing other ‘high value’ activities.
We also leveraged Building Information Management (BIM) to improve project coordination during the design and construction. The project was also built using an integrated project delivery team consisting of Sutter Health, HerreroBoldt (a partnership of the Boldt Company and Herrero Builders), SmithGroup/Boulder Associates and 11 trade partners who fully embraced Lean production for the project and consistently sought opportunities to eliminate waste and streamline the project’s construction process resulting significant savings in construction costs and reduced labor costs from less rework, coordination, inspection and design time.
In addition, the project was selected as a finalist in the 2017 AEC Excellence Awards competition which showcase stellar examples of BIM in action within the AEC industry. The AEC awards are co-sponsored by Autodesk, HP, Construction Dive and Smart Cities Dive.
What Challenges Were Overcome During the Project?
According to an article in California Builder & Engineer from December 2017, the project faced several unique challenges, including:
- A restricted urban construction zone with directly-adjacent occupied residencies and an occupied hospital with an emergency driveway, which required the team to abide by strict access, noise and clean air requirements for all phases of construction.
- An innovative Integrated Form of Agreement (IFOA) contract structure in which the owner, design partner, general contractor and five primary trade partners put their profits in a risk pool, assuring the owner of their commitment to the project.
- A co-located office on the construction site for all risk-reward pool members to ensure in-person collaboration and spur ingenuity, with a weekly in-person “big room” meeting for collaboration between team members.
Related Articles and Information
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