Photo Credit: HOK-Chi Fang Photography

San Quentin Central Health Services Building

Project overview

Vanir was hired to develop and implement an emergency plan to build a new medical facility that would satisfy the Federal Court’s requirements for a new medical, dental and mental health services facility. The San Quentin Health Services Building was a unique project, having been constructed on California’s oldest correctional complex.

In addition to the difficult circumstances of working within a maximum security prison, Vanir also responded to three significant challenges:

  • The project execution plan had to be completed in just a matter of weeks, subject to the Court’s approval
  • The facility needed to be located within a very congested prison
  • The most desirable location was a historic preservation site where the hospital was originally constructed in the 1850s

Three months ahead of schedule and $10 million under budget

Vanir gained consent from the State to use the design-build process and secured approval from the Historic Preservation Society in record time.

Vanir did an exemplary job in accomplishing this goal…all of the facility upgrades… were completed by December 2009; ahead of schedule and only about three years from the start of the effort.

– Richard Kirkland, Chief Deputy Receiver, CA Correctional Health Care Services


2009 CMAA – Northern California Chapter Award | AIA – Merit Award | AGC of California – Constructor Awards | Western Council of Construction Consumers – Chairman’s Award

San Quentin, California
California Prison Health Care Services

Design-Build Architect: HOK Architects

Criteria Architect: Vanir


Design-Build Contractor: Hensel Phelps Construction Company

Square Footage
135,000 SF
Construction Cost
$136 Million
Start Date
Completion Date