Inspired by both the historical significance of its campus and the
sustainability goals for Alameda County, Ratcliff teamed with Clark
Design/Build of California, Smith Group and Shah Kawasaki to redevelop Highland Hospital to better serve the
community far into the future.
The 315,000 s.f Acute Care Replacement Tower for
the Alameda County Highland Hospital is a nine-story, 160-bed facility
designed to meet current seismic standards of SB 1953 and SB 306. The
design reestablishes the central quadrangle green space from the
historic Highland Hospital Campus and will maximize the original
historic plan in a contemporary way by incorporating salvaged historical
terracotta building elements reconstructed in the landscape. New public
spaces will incorporate artifacts, drawings and historic documents.
Sustainability (LEED® Gold) is also a major requirement and the teams
incorporation of sustainable features is evident and celebrated in
important architectural elements.
In addition to a replacement
patient tower and associated new Central Utility Plan, a 80,000 s.f.
Satellite building (ambulatory care clinic and associated underground
parking) and mixed-use link, connecting the clinic areas to the patient
tower, is part of the overall replanning of the urban hospital campus.
Highland Hospital is a Level 2 Trauma Center and in order to relieve the
ED, an urgent care clinic will also be part of the Satellite Building
program to serve approximately 35,000 patients annually. Highland
Hospital is a nationally recognized teaching hospital that has been
training outstanding physicians since it opened in 1927. Affiliated with
the UCSF Medical Center and UOP, programs offered include: Emergency
Medicine, Surgery, Internal Medicine and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery.
*Executive Architect: SmithGroup JJR