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

KMD Architects
222 Vallejo St.
San Francisco, CA 94111


University of California, San Francisco

KMD Architects
222 Vallejo St.
San Francisco, CA 94111

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
David Hobstetter, Principal, Registered Architect
Ryan Stevens, Design Principal
Matt Youdall, Project Architect, Registered Architect
Stephen Wong, Project Manager, Registered Architect

Interior designer: Stephanie Connelly, KMD Architects

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH)
The Landmark at One Market St., Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105

Curtain Wall:
C/S Erectors
2500 Old Crow Canyon Rd. Suite 320
San Ramon, CA 94583
(in association with
Curtainwall Design Consulting
8070 Park Ln.
Dallas, TX 75231)

Allied Mechanical
12 Deluca Place
San Rafael, CA 94901

Decker Electric
1282 Folsom St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
(in association with:
The Engineering Enterprise
1305 Marina Village Pkwy
Alameda, CA 94501)

DPW, Inc.
203 E. Harris St.
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(in association with PDC Engineering (design partner)
5017 Muricho Dr.
Concord, CA 94521

Allied Fire Protection
555 High St.
Oakland, CA 94601

Sandis Engineers
605 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94040

Treadwell & Rollo
555 Montgomery St., Suite 1300
San Francisco, CA 94111
KEMA Services, Inc.
492 Ninth St., Suite 220
Oakland, CA 94607

Paesaggio Landscape Architecture
1421 NW 14th Ave.
Portland, OR 97209

Peer Review:
Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc.
130 Sutter St., Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94104

Peer Review: 
Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH)
The Landmark at One Market, Suite 600
San Francisco, CA 94105

Peer Review: 
Taylor Engineering
1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 501
Alameda, CA 94501

Peer Review: 
O’Mahony & Myer
4340 Redwood Hwy., Suite 245
San Rafael, CA 94903

Taylor Engineering
1080 Marina Village Parkway, Suite 501
Alameda, CA 94501

General contractor
SKS/Plant, A Joint Venture
A joint venture between SKS Investments and Plant Construction
Team Leader/Development Manager
SKS Investments
601 California St. Suite 1310
San Francisco, CA 94111

General Contractor/Builder
Plant Construction Company, L.P.
300 Newhall St.
San Francisco, CA 94124

© 2011 Michael O’Callahan

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Revit; SketchUp; 3D Studio Max



Exterior cladding
Masonry: Muddox Brick Veneer

Metal/glass curtainwall: US Aluminum

EIFS, ACM, or other: Trespa Rainscreen Cladding

Built-up roofing: Johns Mansville

Elastomeric: American Hydrotech; WR Grace

Aluminum: US Aluminum

Glass: PPG

Entrances: US Aluminum

Wood doors: Algoma Hardwoods, Inc.

Locksets: Schlage

Hinges: Bommer Industries (Butt); Ives (Pivot)

Closers: LCN

Exit devices: Von Duprin

Pulls: Schlage

Security devices: Dyna Lock

Cabinet hardware: National Cabinet Lock

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings: Armstrong Acoustical Ceiling Tile

Suspension grid: Armstrong

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Plant Architectural Woodwork

Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams; Wolf Gordon

Paneling: Marlite

Plastic laminate:
-Exam Rooms, Osher Center Reception Desk Horizontal Surface: Wilsonart
-Osher Center Rooms: Lamin-Art
-Medical Center Reception Desk Horizontal Surface: Nevamar
-Medical Center Reception Desk Vertical Surface: Chemetal

Special surfacing:
-Vanity/Sink Composition Surface (Exam Rooms): Corian
-Reception Desk Vertical Surface: Brookside Wood Veneer
-Stain Glass Garden Glass Panel

Floor and wall tile:
-Floor/Wall/Cove Base: Daltile Natural Hues Eco-Body Ceramic Tile
-Floor/Wall/Elevators: Crossville Unpolished Porcelain Stone Tile

Resilient flooring: Johnsonite Rubber; Altro Sheet Vinyl; Armstrong Vinyl Tile
Carpet: Tandus C&A Carpet Tile

Interior ambient lighting: Daybrite; Focal Point

Downlights: Daybrite; Prescolite

Task lighting: Lithonia

Exterior: Con-Tech; Bega

Controls: GE Lighting Control

Elevators/Escalators: Otis Gen 2

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