Vanir served as the construction manager for the new Office of the Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) project, a critical component of San Francisco’s 2014 Earthquake Safety and Emergency Response Bond. OCME staff were previously housed in the outdated and seismically-vulnerable Hall of Justice built in the 1950s.
The OCME building is a certified LEED Gold, two-story facility that includes a large toxicology laboratory. The project involved a complete demolition of an existing building on the lot, with the exception of a wall panel at its northeast corner.
Construction was very complex due to the various uses of the facility — it includes medical/autopsy spaces, decedent storage, toxicology laboratories, administrative spaces and support spaces. The laboratory spaces include laboratory gases, fume hoods and many lab equipment items with specialized mechanical, electrical and plumbing requirements.