San Quentin Central Health Services Building

Project overview

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

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, subject to the court’s approval, in a matter of weeks; the facility needed to be located within the walls of a very congested prison; and the most desirable location was a historic preservation site where the hospital was originally constructed in the 1850s.

Three months ahead of schedule, $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 Northern California CMAA Chapter Award
  • 2009 AIA Merit Award
  • 2009 AGC of California Constructor Awards
  • 2009 WCCC Chairman’s Award


San Quentin, CA


California Correctional Health Care Services (Formerly California Prison Health Care Services)

Design Team

HOK Architects

Criteria Architect

Vanir Construction Management, Inc.


Hensel Phelps Construction Company

Construction Cost

$136 million


November 2009


135,000 SF