San Jose, Calif.-based Rosendin Electric has started construction on the new University of California San Francisco Medical Center at Mission Bay. The $80 million contract to wire the new 878,000-sq-ft. hospital complex includes an energy center, helipad, and support services. Scheduled for completion in 2014, the first phase of this $1.6 billion project is construction of a 289-bed hospital, specializing in care for women, children and cancer patients.

The new UCSF Medical Center has been designed to meet LEED Gold certification standards through the use of recycled materials, low-voltage lighting controls, and the widespread use of energy-efficient electrical and HVAC equipment. The new Medical Center at Mission Bay will incorporate the latest smart hospital technology, including wireless distributed antenna systems (DAS) to provide electronic medical record (EMR) access via touch-screen patient information systems located at each bed. Rosendin Electric’s contract includes installation of the hospital’s IT infrastructure and DAS to support this state-of-the-art EMR system, as well as a new patient profile system that lists preferences for things such as food, lighting and television channels.

Rosendin Electric was one of the initial developers to work on preconstruction of this project as a member of the Integrated Center for Design & Construction (ICDC). ICDC included more than 100 architects, engineers, construction managers, and subcontractors who created a building information model (BIM) of the entire Medical Center. As a result, the team was able to reduce the cost of the overall project by $100 million prior to the start of construction.

“The UCSF Medical Center will ultimately be a showcase for the latest technology and best practices,” says Marty Potter, project executive for Rosendin Electric. “We have already demonstrated the incredible savings from collaborative preconstruction modeling, and we are using the latest green construction practices for LEED certification. When this project is completed in 2014, it will be something that we all can be proud of.”

DPR Construction of Northern California is the General Contractor for the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.