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Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Merritt Tower

As part of the core group of a IPD team, Degenkolb designed structural systems for the new hospital and design of the demolition, make ready, existing remodels, links to the existing building, as well as protection of the existing buildings during adjacent construction. The project was delivered with LEAN design practices, including extensive validation and planning phase. An innovative foundation system (with OSHPD approved Alternate Means of Compliance) was used consisting of Auger pressure grouted piles due to limited accessibility and to achieve schedule and budget benefits. 


  • 236,000 sf of space, 238 new beds
  • Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)
  • 11-story acute care facility
  • Urban Development
  • Auger pressure grouted pile foundation system
  • Service: New Design


  • Existing hospital operational during construction.
  • Foundation system saved $4M on traditional systems.
  • Added bed space to local community.

Photos courtesy of Devenney Architects

Project Stats
Client Devenny, DPR Construction, Sutter Healthcare,
Square Footage 236,000
Construction Cost $463 million
Completion Date 2014
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