UCSF Selects Building Firms for New Hospital

By Eric Althoff

SAN FRANCISCO—A supergroup of construction firms has formed to build a new hospital for the University of California, San Francisco. The trifecta of companies—Herrero Builders, Inc., The Boldt Company and Webcor—will be working together under the joint moniker Herrero Boldt Webcor on the university hospital project, to be located at the university’s Parnassus Heights campus.

The hospital project, which will be called the Hospital for the Future, is being designed jointly by architecture firms Herzog & de Meuron and HDR, and will utilize Lean project delivery principles to meet the project goals.

The healthcare project will be realized under an integrated form of agreement (IFOA), meaning that the designers, builders, owners and other vested parties will all sign onto a single integrated contract for the hospital project. Collectively, Herrero Boldt Webcor boasts nearly two dozen completed IFOA projects in Northern California’s healthcare sector over the course of the last decade.

In a recent statement, David Thomack, executive member for Herrero Boldt Webcor and group president for The Boldt Company, said that the supergroup of construction firms will make UCSF’s 21st century healthcare mission a reality in the years to come.

“With the combined experience of building or renovating over 1.8 million square feet of advanced acute care hospital campuses in San Francisco over the last decade, we’re honored that UCSF has brought us on board to help lead their integrated team of designers and builders,” Thomack said. “Working in dense urban locations and marrying existing structures with new construction is the type of complex environment in which we excel.”

The Hospital of the Future will entail nearly one million square feet of new healthcare space and incorporate renovations of two existing buildings. The design phase is expected to be finished sometime in 2021, with construction projected to be completed in 2023.