The original Chinese Hospital—built in 1925 and birthplace to Bruce Lee—was an iconic structure in San Francisco's most densely populated neighborhood. To make way for a new, seismically sound acute care hospital, the structure was demolished.

The Chinese Hospital Replacement project team had to work on an extremely tight urban site in the middle of Chinatown to deliver the 100,000-sq.-ft., ground-up replacement hospital. The new hospital includes 54-bed acute care and 22-bed skilled nursing facilities. 

With 15,000 residents living within a 20-square-block area, Chinatown offered a vibrant urban backdrop for this technically complex and logistically challenging project  Additionally, adjacent to the project site, the 1979 hospital addition remained fully operational and active, taking patients throughout construction of the new hospital.

The bustling neighborhood is also home to fish and produce markets, requiring several deliveries a day close to the construction site. Communication was key for the project team; keeping neighbors and local vendors abreast of construction activities was an integral part of the project.

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