Kaiser Permanente Oakland Replacement Hospital, Main Hospital

Kaiser Permanente, Oakland Main Hospital

Degenkolb designed the 780,000 square foot, thirteen-story hospital tower. The project went from schematic design to OSHPD approved permit in 18 months using an incremental review process during the design. By achieving approval so quickly, Degenkolb saved the client approximately $50 million in escalation costs. Special design considerations included seismic drift control using a tuned buckling restrained braced system and vibration control for sensitive equipment and operating rooms. The project team including design-assist MEP contractors utilized BIM to coordinate all the above-ceiling systems within the most cost effect story height. The hospital is part of the multi-facility campus project including central plant, and health services building.


  • 349-bed medical center
  • Private rooms with room service, Wi-Fi and pull-out guest beds
  • 24-hour emergency department
  • 52 private treatment bays
  • Pediatric care within the hospital
  • Intra-operative magnetic resonance imaging system for use during brain surgery


  • Achieved about $50 million escalation cost savings by using an incremental review process during design.
  • Reconstructed medical campus achieved SB1953 2030 compliance.

Photos by © Sean Airhart/NBBJ

Project Stats
Client Kaiser Permanente, NBBJ,
Square Footage 780,000 (tower)
Completion Date 2014
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