UCSF Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision


University of California at San Francisco


Construction Cost
$237 million

Completion Date
March 2020

Project Size
347,500 SF
2,400 tons

UCSF Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision

San Francisco

This 12-story medical offce building is part of a fast-paced expansion to the Mission Bay campus of University of California San Francisco. The building houses multiple pieces of specialized medical equipment requiring strict vibration controls as well as precise minimum distances between this equipment and any reinforcing steel in the structure. There is an additional level of structural complexity due to column-free zones on the lower levels. These issues combine to produce a complex structure necessitating carefully coordinated and precisely modeled reinforcing steel.

Walter P Moore's Construction Engineering team provided high-fidelity, 3D rebar modeling of the entire structure in order to calculate a precise layout and exact quantities of steel reinforcing. By modeling the entire structure in 3D, we also discovered and resolved conficts among the various elements and therefore signifcantly increased the speed and accuracy of construction. In the end our efforts greatly reduced the risk of costly delays once on the field.