Case Study

The Cardiovascular Research Institute at UCSF


For this $190 million project, general contractor, Rudolph and Sletten constructed a “big room” for representatives from all disciplines to work together in a collaborative setting, from preconstruction through construction. Only steps away from the construction site was a 10,000 square foot construction trailer, which was made up of 14 trailer modules, and provided space for more than 50 engineers, architects, contractors, and consultants who were primarily responsible for the project’s design and coordination.

The big room environment provided freedom of access which created a streamlined workflow process, improved communication, and cut response time dramatically. One-fourth of the project RFI’s were answered the same day, and 95 percent in less than 15 days.

Utilizing the Last Planner scheduling technique, a software accessible by the entire team, provided transparency and held people accountable for each task, allowing any issue with deliverables and schedule to be promptly addressed.

Construction began in May 2008 and achieved substantial completion on August 13, 2010 – 10 weeks ahead of schedule.


UCSF Smith Cardiovascular Research Building Project Profile

Rosendin Electric was great to work with. I was very lucky all my subcontractors were excellent. Without our collaborative process in the big room, this project would not have been as successful.
— Danielle Douthett, Sr. Project Manager, Rudolph & Sletten