San Francisco General Hospital, Building 5
Elevator Modernization

As part of our AckerleyLDA Architecture joint venture, LDA is providing design and engineering services for the replacement of all 13 elevators in the 8-story main hospital building. The elevators have reached the end of their useful life expectancy and are being fully renovated with new control systems and user controls in the cab and each elevator lobby. While most of the work for this project will be away from public view the cabs and lobbies will receive new control but-tons and brought into full compliance with current accessibility codes.

In cooperation with Hospital administration, the SF Department of Public Works, and our Constructability Consultant, AckerleyLDA conceived of a phasing plan that suitably bridged the independent requirements of the 24/7 acute care demands, OSHPD permitting protocols, the City s’ annual budgeting limitations, and the engineering requirements of the elevator equipment.

The construction of the elevator modernization will be a multi-phase process to ensure that the vital services of this acute care hospital are not interrupted, and that safe hygiene levels can be maintained. Elevators will be removed from service selectively, modernized, and then brought back into service before the next elevators are worked on. All areas of the hospital will remain fully operational and accessible during construction. 
Machine room upgrades include the associated electrical work for the new elevator controllers and new mechanical systems to keep the equipment cool during hot weather. All of these systems are designed to last for the remainder of the buildings useful lifespan and provide efficient and reliable service to Hospital's patients and staff.

LOCATION: San Francisco, CA

CLIENT: San Francisco Department of Public Works


CLIENT: San Francisco Department of Public Health

FIRM’S ROLE: Architect of Record

SCOPE OF SERVICES: Condition Survey, Conceptual Approach, and Full Architectural Design Services, including Engineering Consultants, Phasing and Cost Analysis.