SOURCE: SmithGroup

December 02, 2009 10:45 ET

$431 Million Highland Hospital Awarded to Clark Design/Build of California

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - December 2, 2009) - Clark Design/Build of California has been awarded the Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement project by the County of Alameda, Calif.

The team, led by Clark, includes SmithGroup as lead architect and Ratcliff and Shah Kawasaki Architects as associate architects. The $430.8 million contract includes construction of replacement facilities to be completed in three phases over seven years, making it the largest healthcare investment in the history of Alameda County.

The project's first phase, to be completed by 2012, includes the construction of a 78,000 square-foot medical office building. This three-story facility will be built over a 176-space parking structure and will include connectors to the new hospital. Phase two is the construction of a nine-story, 169-bed acute care tower. Built above a below-grade central utility plant, the tower will include intensive care, medical/surgical beds, and labor and delivery, neonatal intensive care, and miscellaneous diagnostic, treatment, and support functions. Following the completion of the new acute care tower, Highland Hospital's existing tower will be demolished and a one-acre interior courtyard, dining terrace, and connecting structures will be built. Phase two is expected to be complete in 2016 and phase three the following year.

Historic Elements

The original hospital construction dates back to the 1920s, requiring the team to be sympathetic to the finishes, massing, spatial relationships, and character of the existing historical architecture. The design-build team will salvage some of the historic materials from the demolished buildings and rebuild them as architectural elements in the construction and the landscape. Phase three will reestablish a central outdoor courtyard that was among the original hospital's distinctive organizing features, but had been lost as additional construction filled the open space.

"Our team's design solution is inspired by the campus' historical significance. We have included simple building facades that reflect the scale and tone of the existing campus and pay homage the master plan from the 1920s," said Carl Christiansen, Vice President, SmithGroup.


The Highland Hospital project will be designed to earn a minimum LEED® Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The project's sustainable components include an innovative thermal storage concept that will lower energy costs by operating chillers at night, which is the lowest demand period for gas and electric utility provider, to cool and store water. Exterior green screens will provide transitions and wayfinding for patients and visitors, while cooling and shading the interiors. The project team will pay particular attention to life-cycle costs when selecting building materials.

"The Clark Design/Build team is committed to meeting Alameda County's sustainable initiatives at Highland Hospital. The project will include a number of elements designed to reduce the facility's impact on the surrounding community and create a healthier environment for patients and staff," said David Wilson, Vice President, Clark Construction.

The County, Clark, SmithGroup, Ratcliff, Shah Kawasaki and the other design-build team members will work together as a single integrated entity over the life of the project to increase efficiency, add value and improve quality. Other design/ build team partners will participate through contracts to either Clark or SmithGroup. They expect the official notice to proceed this month.

Clark Design/Build of California is a division of Clark Construction Group, LLC. Since its founding in 1906, Clark Construction Group has developed a reputation as one of the nation's most experienced and respected general contractors. With annual revenue in excess of $4 billion, Clark is consistently ranked among the country's largest construction companies and is a leader in healthcare construction. Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Clark has regional offices that are strategically located to serve the needs of clients throughout the United States.

SmithGroup ranks as the 7th largest architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. (Building Design & Construction "Giants" survey, July 2009) and employs 800. The firm is composed of client industry-focused practices serving the healthcare, higher education, workplace, and science and technology markets. Established in 1853, SmithGroup is the longest continually operating architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. with offices in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Chicago; Dallas; Detroit; Los Angeles; Madison, Wis.; Minneapolis; Phoenix; Raleigh-Durham, N.C.; San Francisco; and Washington, D.C.

Headquartered in Emeryville, Calif., Ratcliff provides architecture, interior design, and planning services to healthcare, higher education, and civic clients throughout the Western United States. The firm is rated first in the 2009 East Bay Business Times "Book of Lists," is recognized as one of Interior Design magazine's Top 40 Healthcare Design Firms in the United States, and is the winner of the AIA California Council 2005 Firm of the Year Award.

Shah Kawasaki Architects offers a full range of architectural, planning and interior design services. The firm specializes in the design of public and commercial facilities that are welcoming, memorable and function efficiently. These include administrative offices, community centers, public safety facilities, higher education and healthcare facilities. The firm is a leader in sustainable design and the majority of its employees are LEED-Accredited Design Professionals. Shah Kawasaki Architects is located in Oakland's historic Jack London Square.

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