UCSF HSIR East and West Towers Tenant Improvements

Located on UCSF’s Parnassus Campus, Rudolph and Sletten recently completed a 50,000sf renovation and seismic retrofit of multiple floors within the Health Science Instructional Research (HSIR) towers. The new state-of-the-art labs completed a critical step in UCSF’s laboratory facilities which support current and future research for the School of Medicine.

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This multi-phased project included 6 individual renovation and seismic retrofit projects, including hazardous materials abatement, demolition of existing spaces, build-out of new laboratory and support spaces, and seismic improvements. Each floor consisted of 10,800sf with floors 7 and 8 being fully renovated while floor 6 was a partial renovation.

Integrated Team

Big Room co-location was implemented—including construction team, owner representative, architect, and major subcontractors. Although smaller in size than most Big Room projects, the HSIR project benefitted due to the intense coordination required to build-out complex lab spaces in an occupied facility.


Continuous Improvement

After completing work on HSIR East, the entire team participated in a lesson learned workshop, led by Rudolph and Sletten. Using the ‘5 Why’s’ Lean Construction tool, issues captured during construction were discussed, root cause established, and solutions generated. 15 high-impact ideas were identified which could be immediately implemented to improve the construction phase on HSIR West.


Design-Build Shines

Due to both compressed schedule and complex existing conditions, the design-build subcontractors used a non-traditional real-time feedback approach. Design drawings were reviewed with the entire team and comments incorporated directly into a coordinated 3D model, eliminating delay from producing revised drawings. Work focused on constructability within existing conditions, avoiding rework once installation began. The engineering, coordination and procurement was completed in only three months.


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