Client Spotlight: Sutter’s CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital

As one of the largest not-for-profit medical centers in California, Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) operates four campuses across San Francisco. The medical center, whose origins date back to 1852 as a clinic for immigrants, enjoys a rich history of caring for people all across Northern California.

Sutter’s new CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital recently opened to much fanfare, with the support of LCI. The 11-story facility consists of nearly one million square feet of acute care, diagnostic, clinical treatment and administrative space, which includes:

  • 60 medical/surgical beds
  • 36 intensive care unit (ICU) beds
  • 64 labor/delivery and postpartum beds
  • 35 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) beds
  • 6 antepartum beds
  • 25 pediatric beds
  • 8 pediatric intensive care unit (PICU) beds
  • 16 operating rooms, including three dedicated to obstetrics (OB)
  • 30 post-anesthesia care unit (PACU) beds
  • 38 exam/treatment rooms in the 24-hour emergency department, which consists of:
    • 31 adult treatment bays and 7 exam/treatment rooms dedicated to pediatrics
  • All 274 patient rooms are private and feature exterior city or garden views, with an abundance of natural light
  • 5 living roof gardens, including a public outdoor terrace


The hospital design incorporates a theme of natural materials and touchable artwork, and is focused on the well-being of patients, families and the surrounding community. Public spaces, including the main lobby and the Chuck Williams Café, are accessible via the main entrance on Van Ness Ave. The ambulance/patient drop-off area is located off-street under a covered alcove to minimize the impact to traffic. Parking for 435 vehicles is available beneath the building.

Not only is CPMC Van Ness Campus hospital built to meet or exceed California’s stringent seismic laws, but the structure is the first in North America to incorporate innovative viscous wall dampers. Already used extensively in Japan, viscous wall dampers are designed to absorb strong movement during an earthquake, which helps to reduce overall stress on the building itself. This will help the hospital to remain fully operational, with patient care being relatively uninterrupted even after a strong seismic event. The Van Ness Campus hospital incorporates 119 viscous wall dampers.

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3 thoughts on “Client Spotlight: Sutter’s CPMC Van Ness Campus Hospital

  1. Thanks for sharing, David. Hopefully the arrival of the new hospital will help to spur the regeneration of Van Ness Avenue.

  2. It has been an absolute joy working with the Sutter team on the opening of this new campus. We tell great stories and have fun in the process…the agency-client dream!

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