Highland Hospital Wins National Design Build Award

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Highland Hospital Wins National Design Build Award

  • Highland Hospital Acute Care Tower Replacement Design Team wins National DBIA Award

 Ratcliff in association with SmithGroup and Shah Kawasaki Architects (SKA), was selected to design a 255,500 s.f. Acute Care Replacement Tower for Alameda County’s Highland Hospital. The new nine-story, 160-bed facility will 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 terra cotta 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 team’s incorporation of sustainable features is evident and celebrated in important architectural elements.

In addition to a replacement patient tower and associated new Central Utility Plant, a 72,000 s.f. Specialty Care Clinics Building (ambulatory care clinic and associated underground parking) and “mixed use” link, connecting the clinic areas to the patient tower, will be 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 Clinics 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.