Palo Alto Medical Foundation | Sutter Health San Carlos Center

San Carlos, CA

Palo Alto Medical Foundation





Services/Project Type
Structural Engineering

Winner of a BD+C Platinum Building Team Award, the San Carlos Center was originally planned as a more extensive campus. Industry and donor changes required significant modifications to allow for future flexibility. The team utilized an IFOA and Integrated Project Delivery throughout the history of the project.
The medical center includes a 4-story, 230,000-gsf clinic and 4 level, 3-story parking structure with parking for 1,100 cars.

Early in the Validation Phase, the core team was working through high level options for façade, MEP, structure and site. One challenge that arose was how to deal with over 2,000 existing piles that could not be reused for the new development. As the team discussed how they would be removed, demolished and how the remaining soil would be dealt with, KPFF suggested that the existing pile locations be surveyed and proposed siting the buildings to miss the majority of the piles. Initially this was thought to be too difficult. In the Big Room all ideas are valid, listened to and vetted. Once the piles were surveyed and the Architect was able to adjust the buildings on the site around the abandoned piles, KPFF modeled the new piles and the existing piles in the Revit model which helped coordinate the underground utility work. Ultimately, only 22 piles were removed and there were only 8 unique foundation configurations for the remaining conflicts. This level of early integration and use of BIM technology resulted in a $3M savings as well as mitigated the risks of the existing piles. 


Awards & Recognition

Platinum Building Team Award, Building Design + Construction, 2015

Best Medical Office Building Public Spaces, International Interior Design Association, 2015

Best International Project, Architects for Health Design Awards, 2015

Best of the Year Winner for Large Healthcare, Interior Design Magazine, 2015

Interior Awards - Healthcare, Contract Magazine, 2016

Illumination Award of Merit, Illuminating Engineering Society, 2016