San Francisco’s General Hospital Trauma Center Project was recently named a 2016 Public Works Project of the Year by the American Public Works Association (APWA). The project is being honored with APWA’s Project of the Year award in the Structures category at a cost greater than $75 million. This award honors agencies that include public structures preservation//rehabilitation, municipal buildings and parks.

For 2016, the team of winners includes the San Francisco Public Works in CA. as the managing agency; Webcor Builders, as the primary contractor; and Fong and Chan Architects/ARUP as the primary consultant, who will be presented with the award during APWA’s 2016 PWX Conference Awards Ceremony in Minneapolis, MN during August 28-31, 2016.

The APWA Public Works Projects of the Year awards are presented annually to promote excellence in the management and administration of public works projects, recognizing the alliance between the managing agency, contractor, consultant and their cooperative achievements. This year, APWA selected projects in five categories in the Small Cities/Rural Communities area: Disaster/Emergency, Environment, Historical Restoration, Structures, and Transportation.

The San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) and Trauma Center is the only Level One Trauma center serving San Francisco and northern San Mateo County. The SFGH Rebuild Program replaces the existing main hospital building at the medical center with a facility that meets state seismic safety requirements for acute care facilities. State law requires that all general acute care patients be relocated from the existing hospital to a compliant hospital before January 2020. The new San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center met the target for completion in 2015.

The City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Works is responsible for delivering this major capital improvement project on behalf of the SF Department of Public Health. Webcor Builders oversaw construction and Jacobs provided construction management.

The new hospital building is located west of the existing hospital at nine stories tall, including two basement levels. It has approximately 40,000 square feet per floor and provides 284 general acute care beds, 32 more than the current hospital. The emergency department’s size will increase from 27 to 60 beds and operating rooms will increase from 10 to 14. A pedestrian bridge will connect the new facility with the existing hospital at the second floor level and a tunnel will connect at the basement level.

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The 460,000-square-foot steel structure consists of two levels below grade and eight levels above grade including a mechanical penthouse. The hospital will feature a 40,000-square-foot emergency room, a 20,000-square-foot radiology department, and units providing Intensive Care, Critical Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Forensic services. Other service areas will include Obstetrics, Pediatrics, Sterile Processing, Pharmacy, Laboratory, Pulmonary Function, Biomedical, Morgue and Autopsy. Successfully integrating the site utilities was a significant challenge. The campus has been in continuous operation since 1872, so there were multiple existing buildings and many site unknowns.

A key project challenge was the availability of documentation of “existing” utilities. The team collaboratively used BIM survey and modeling tools. This allowed the team to evaluate various alternatives for routing the active steam lines, IT conduits, 12kV electrical power, and sewer connections. In the end, Webcor was able to mitigate construction logistic impacts, relocate and upgrade the entire utility network serving the hospital without service disruption. This was done ahead of schedule and with a savings of over $1 million.

For more information on the APWA 2016 Projects of the Year, please contact APWA Media Relations and Communications Manager, Laura Bynum,, or call 202.218.6736.

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