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A Landmark Building Is Home to One of the Most Comprehensive Medical Centers for Children in the Nation

OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital

The Hoffman team overcame formidable challenges to deliver this state-of-the-art children’s hospital on a steep hillside in the middle of the OHSU campus. Our value engineering input helped achieve the visionary design within budget, while we rallied project partners to raise over $1 million in in-kind donations.

This landmark project was constructed on a steep hillside in the middle of a busy medical campus. The four-level, 250,000 SF horizontal structure, supported by large trusses, spans like a bridge over an existing eight-level garage. It clears a busy public street by 100 feet while one end of the building anchors in a hillside and the other end connects with a skybridge to an existing hospital. Hoffman contributed a key value engineering application by using shorter trusses for safer and more efficient erection. A mock-up of a typical patient room led to other value engineering ideas. The facility holds one of the most comprehensive medical service centers available for children.

Challenge

A budget shortfall threatened to compromise a visionary design.

Solution

Hoffman engineers came up the idea to use shorter trusses, which kept the project in budget and made for safer and more efficient erection.

Contract Type

Negotiated GMP

Client

Oregon Health & Science University

Architect

ZGF Architects

Location

Portland, OR

Year

1998

Price

$61,722,000

1998 Award of Excellence — NW Construction

1998 Honor Award — AIA Portland

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