Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Replacement Bed Tower

  • Targeting LEED Gold certification.
  • The mechanical, electrical, and plumbing system applications contributed to an energy reduction of 28%.

The Replacement Bed Tower at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center is one of several components that comprise an overall campus development plan designed to bring the inpatient hospital into compliance with California state mandated requirements SB 1953 by the year 2013. SB 1953 is a Senate Bill developed to address the issues of survivability of both nonstructural and structural components of hospital buildings after a seismic event. The Replacement Bed Tower is two buildings — a six-story Bed Building and a five-story Bed Building built in two phases.

The project design implemented building information modelling (BIM) from the early design stages through permit documentation. The use of BIM further enhanced the design assist process in which Arup worked closely with the contractors. This approach benefited construction processes and reduced cost.

Arup provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering, as well as fire and life safety consulting services on this project.


  • Santa Clara Valley Medical Center's Replacement Bed Towers solarium. Credit Arup.Open gallery

    The new Santa Clara Valley Medical Center's Replacement Bed Tower includes a solarium.