San Francisco, California
Owner: University of California, San Francisco
Completion Date: December 2010
Program: A five-story, 56,604-square-foot medical office building on the UCSF Mount Zion hospital campus, with doctors' offices, exam rooms, staff lounges, yoga studios, spaces for education and research, and an accessible green roof with a Japanese healing garden. The building is divided between two tenants. The UCSF Medical Center, which provides outpatient services for the hospital, occupies levels 1 and 2. The Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, whose offerings include acupuncture and Ayurvedic medicine, is on floors 4 and 5, and the two offices split level 3.
Design concept and solution: In keeping with the Osher Center's mission to offer alternative therapies, the architects designed the steel-structure office building with feng shui principals in mind. They oriented the building to face east and treated the two centers as two distinct volumes that fit together like stair steps. The lower volume (the medical center) is clad in plaster with a brick veneer to symbolize the earth, one of the elements of feng shui. The upper volume (the Osher Center) features floor-to-ceiling windows and a rain screen made of wood-grain (another element) phenolic resin panels. Other feng shui elements include metal—present in the building's steel frame—and fire, which KMD represented with an oval-shaped rooftop aluminum-panel mechanical screen that reflects sunlight. Inside, bamboo ceilings, porcelain stone tile, and wood-slat ceilings round out the Asian-inspired materials palette.
Total construction cost: $26.2 million
222 Vallejo St.
San Francisco, CA 94111
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Interior designer: Stephanie Connelly, KMD Architects
CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Metal/glass curtainwall: US Aluminum
EIFS, ACM, or other: Trespa Rainscreen Cladding
Elastomeric: American Hydrotech; WR Grace
Wood doors: Algoma Hardwoods, Inc.
Hinges: Bommer Industries (Butt); Ives (Pivot)
Exit devices: Von Duprin
Security devices: Dyna Lock
Cabinet hardware: National Cabinet Lock
Suspension grid: Armstrong
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Plant Architectural Woodwork
Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams; Wolf Gordon
Floor and wall tile:
Resilient flooring: Johnsonite Rubber; Altro Sheet Vinyl; Armstrong Vinyl Tile
Downlights: Daybrite; Prescolite
Task lighting: Lithonia
Exterior: Con-Tech; Bega
Controls: GE Lighting Control
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