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UCSF Cardiovascular Research Building

Cutting-edge research scientists & clinicians — together under the same roof


Higher Education


San Francisco, California




Located on the University of California San Francisco's Mission Bay Campus, the UCSF Cardiovascular Research Institute focuses on innovative research for cardiovascular and pulmonary biology diseases. The facility includes an outpatient clinic on the first floor, wet chemistry and biology labs on the second, third, and fourth floors, and a 30,000 square foot vivarium on the fifth floor.

Southland was selected by the University, through a best-value procurement process.

In 2008, the University utilized a best-value procurement process to select Southland Industries as the mechanical and plumbing contractor for the institute's 232,000 square foot Cardiovascular Research Building. The best value procurement process allowed the University to base its decision on subjective criteria such as experience, qualifications, project team, safety performance, and project approach rather than solely on price.

Our Approach

UCSF employed an integrated project delivery approach consisting of Lean construction methods like target value design, big room meetings, and last planner pull-planning. As part of the integrated team, Southland provided HVAC, plumbing, and process piping for the facility.


This collaborative project was delivered 10 weeks ahead of schedule, under budget, and achieved LEED Gold certification.


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