In 2007, we began the design of the Medical Center at Mission Bay. More than a decade later, we were brought back on board to design the UCSF Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building (PCMB). Inspired by design principles of precision, transparency, integration, and activation, the PCMB connects to the existing Gateway Medical Building (GMB) on all levels and features a seamlessly integrated lobby space.
The design elegantly draws from the existing building, as the strong horizontal lines of the GMB continue through to PCMB, alternating with glass fins inspired by the children’s hospital. Transparency echoes the building’s program, with more privacy at street level and a generous use of glass on the upper infusion floors.
The design team leveraged digital technology to effectively collaborate and communicate among all stakeholders. Autodesk’s cloud-based BIM 360 platform enabled shared digital models with teams working in multiple locations, and virtual reality visualizations for both design charettes and client presentations made it easy for stakeholders to understand the space. The team used Ideate tools and the COBie add-in for Revit to facilitate the client’s ongoing use of the BIM model for facilities management activities.
PCMB consolidates UCSF’s current solid tumor practices. In addition to clinic space for most cancers, it also contains chemotherapy infusion, radiology, pathology, radiation oncology, blood draw, a patient resource center, and support services. Bringing these practices together at Mission Bay further integrates research and clinical care and encourages collaboration between researchers and medical teams.