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UCSF Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision

Resilient Design


The UCSF Center for Vision Neurosciences is currently under construction in Mission Bay and will contain ophthalmology clinics as well as teaching, research, conference, and administrative space for various UCSF units currently located at multiple sites.


Forell Elsesser Engineers was hired and used SP3-Design (now SP3-Advanced) to design for UCSF Tier 2 performance (function in days to weeks); in their design approach, they chose an RC shear wall system and then were able to deliver this resilient performance with only an additional 0.6% of construction costs.


Forrell were able to attain a Tier 2 USRC score and reduce predicted repair costs down 0.6%.