UCSF Cardiovascular Research Building


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.

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. 


UCSF employed an integrated project delivery approach consisting of state-of–the-art Lean construction methods like design-build delivery with 3D building information modeling, 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. 


The project was delivered 10 weeks ahead of schedule, under budget, and ultimately achieved LEED Gold certification. Today, UCSF routinely presents the project as one of its biggest success stories.

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