Office of the Chief Medical Examiner Facility

Project overview

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 OCME staff were previously housed in the outdated and seismically-vulnerable Hall of Justice built in the 1950s.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.

The completed project far exceeded Public Works’ goals and is universally deemed a resounding success.

– M. Magdalena Ryor, Project Manager, San Francisco Public Works


LEED Gold Certified | 2018 CMAA Northern California – Project Achievement Award, Buildings, Modernization, More Than $25 Million

San Francisco, California
City and County of San Francisco

KMD Architects


Clark Construction

Square Footage
46,000 SF
Construction Cost
$52 Million
Start Date
Completion Date