Reducing time, cost and material waste: DIRTT technology-backed prefab construction chosen for San Francisco medical building

by Brianna Crandall — October 27, 2017 — DIRTT Environmental Solutions, a North American manufacturer of customized prefabricated interiors, along with its local California partner One Workplace, was selected by Sutter Health for the comprehensive interior construction of a new medical office building in downtown San Francisco.

DIRTT CEO Mogens Smed remarked:

This will demonstrate DIRTT’s speed, quality and sustainability on a very large scale in the medical environment, unlike anything the construction world has seen before. This is a testament to the incredible power of our technology-backed method and what it can do for our clients.

Michael Shanahan, senior project manager of Sutter Health, pointed out:

Part of the reason we chose to go with DIRTT is we believe their approach can collapse our schedule by three to four months on the jobsite. That alone means approximately half a million dollars in savings.

The facility, Sutter Van Ness Medical Office Building, is being built by northern California healthcare organization Sutter Health and its affiliate California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC). DIRTT is set to manufacture and construct seven of the building’s nine floors, equaling approximately 158,000 square feet of space.

DIRTT prefabricated interior construction

DIRTT uses its proprietary 3D software to design, manufacture and install fully customized prefabricated interiors.

With the exception of fire walls, those seven floors will be constructed entirely of DIRTT and will include medical exam rooms, treatment rooms, restrooms and offices. DIRTT will also meet various specialized interior construction requirements such as lead-lined walls for radiology and a copper-mesh-lined MRI room.

This project adheres to the highly collaborative Lean Construction process, says DIRTT. The company’s three-dimensional (3D) design and manufacturing software is being used to visualize and understand the space, while integrating all design disciplines for a more efficient project flow through to the end of construction.

Included in the lean approach is the mitigation of material waste. If the interiors were conventionally built, approximately 100,000 pounds of virgin drywall waste would reportedly be produced on the jobsite. The precision of manufactured construction virtually eliminates the creation of that waste, says DIRTT.

When complete, the building will house private physicians as well as CPMC departments. Installation is scheduled to occur in 2018.

DIRTT Environmental Solutions (“Doing it Right This Time”) uses its proprietary 3D software to design, manufacture and install fully customized prefabricated interiors. The company’s customers in the corporate, government, education and healthcare sectors throughout North America, the Middle East and Asia benefit from DIRTT’s precise design and costing; rapid lead times with high levels of customization and flexibility; and faster, cleaner construction.