October 29, 2015

In the last month or so, there's been a flurry of activity around the integrated UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay project:

  • The 878,000-sq.-ft. medical facility won ENR California’s best healthcare project in Northern California.
  • Members of the project team spoke at the 28th annual Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo, held October 6-8 in Chicago, IL. Professionals from all areas of healthcare facility delivery came together to examine the latest trends, perspectives, products and solutions in the market sector. This year’s theme: the intersection of design and wellness. 

At the Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo, DPR’s Ray Trebino joined J. Stuart Eckblad, director, design & construction for the UCSF Medical Center’s Mission Bay Hospitals project, and Stantec’s Laurel Harrison, to lead a session on the $1.5 billion UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay project. The session’s focus: How they brought together a community of more than 1,200 individuals to deliver one of the largest healthcare projects ever completed in the U.S. ahead of schedule and under budget – all while creating an optimal healing environment. Fostering a culture of shared values, vision, behaviors and processes, the team took healthcare delivery to the next level on this world-class project that opened on Feb. 1 this year.

Starting in May 2009—more than a year and a half before construction began—more than 250 architects, engineers and contractors co-located in the Integrated Center for Design and Construction (ICDC) on the 14-acre site to build a high-performing team focused on “first, doing what’s best for the project.” The result is one of the greenest urban hospitals in the nation, which received LEED Gold certification prior to occupancy. The facility was delivered eight days early despite implementing nearly $55 million in changes and passed the California Department of Public Health’s licensing inspections with “no deficiencies” in 2 days, which is unprecedented among new California hospitals (which average 30 days for this process). 


Photo Credit: Rien van Rijthoven

And it seems certain that many healthcare projects will continue to comprise a growing share of the healthcare market landscape in the near future. It’s been three years since DPR published its “Future of Healthcare” study, but the findings and implications from this yearlong survey of executives and leaders in healthcare and the A/E/C industry remain highly relevant.

As we look to the future of healthcare, we also look back at the close to 1,300 hospital/medical center projects that DPR has completed in the last 25 years (since our birthday in July).

*This blog post is part of a series that celebrates DPR's silver anniversary and focuses on 25 great things from the company from over 25 years. Here's the last one. Follow #DPR25 on social media to learn more.