Clark Design Build - Highland Hospital Acute Tower Replacement Project Rendering

Design Team

Clark Design/Build of California

Clark Design/Build of CaliforniaClark is a subsidiary of Clark Construction Group, LLC (Clark Construction). Founded in 1906, Clark Construction is one of the nation’s most experienced and respected providers of construction services, with over $4 billion in annual revenue and major projects throughout the United States. Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Clark Construction has nine primary offices located across the country. Clark Construction’s work in Alameda County began in 1982 with the construction of the Raymond-Kaiser Engineers Building at 300 Lakeside Drive in Oakland. Since that time, Clark has maintained a permanent presence Area since 1994 with a primary office located in Alameda County since 1998.

Clark Construction has been a leader in design/build and healthcare projects. In California alone, Clark has completed approximately $1 billion in design/build projects including the San Francisco Civic Center Complex, the Capitol Area East End Complex in Sacramento, the Solano County Government Center in Fairfield, and the Caltrans District 7 Headquarters in Los Ange-les. Similarly, Clark has completed or is completing the following healthcare projects in California: LAC/USC Replacement Hospital, Community Medical Center – Fresno Expansions, Community Medical Center – Clovis Renovation, Northridge Hospital Seismic Upgrades, Saint Francis Memorial Hospital Emergency Department and Seismic Upgrades, Mercy Southwest Hospital Renovation, John Muir Medical Center – Walnut Creek Phase IV Expansion, and VA Palo Alto – Replacement Clinical Bed Tower.

In addition, this team of Clark Construction, SmithGroup, and Ratcliff has worked on over 20 projects together in various combinations. These projects include design/build and healthcare projects. We are committed to bringing the best resources to this project and to providing opportunities for all qualified enterprises and residents.


SmithGroupSmithGroup believes ideas are reflected in sound planning and architectural design as well as in complex engineering solutions. To assure design excellence in every project, the firm integrates the knowledge and ideas of its total organization. Beyond resolving the client’s functional and operational concerns, SmithGroup professionals define solutions that embody each client’s aspirations. By blending its strengths in architecture, engineering, interior design and planning with the firm’s comprehensive services, SmithGroup offers a synthesis of creative, knowledgeable, and practical expertise in a single consistent source for excellent design across the United States and around the world.

Established in 1853, SmithGroup ( ranks as the 6th largest architecture and engineering firm in the U.S. (Building Design + Construction, July 2007) and employs 800. SmithGroup is composed of industry-focused practices, with an emphasis on the higher education, healthcare, research, and workplace sectors. SmithGroup celebrated its 150th Anniversary in 2003 and is the oldest continually operating architecture and engineering firm in the U.S.

SmithGroup has been dedicated to improving healthcare planning and design, ranging from ambulatory care facilities to major academic medical centers for more than 80 years. In recent years, SmithGroup has successfully:

  • Sustained a ranking as one of the top national healthcare firms - garnering more than 90 healthcare design awards, including eight Modern Healthcare awards
  • Completed more than 20 million sf of healthcare facilities
  • Planned more than 30 national medical center campuses
  • Designed more than 6 million sf of advanced ambulatory care facilities
  • Developed national centers of excellence for oncology, cardiology, and emergency medicine

SmithGroup has a longstanding reputation for design excellence with expertise in architecture and interior design, as well as medical programming and planning. At our core, we are a group of knowledgeable, dedicated professionals who have focused our entire careers on healthcare architecture—working directly with administrative, operational and clinical staff to adapt or create healthcare facilities that have the ability to improve system capacities, work processes, safety, access and privacy issues, and overall delivery and quality of care.


RatcliffRatcliff possesses a passion to contribute to the success of their clients in the context of restoring the world to a sustainable future. With a hundred year legacy in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1906, the firm is a living, adapting organization, dedicated to evoking a world in healthy balance with time, purpose and place.

Ratcliff’s partners engage clients who share our values and serve as strategic partners in designing environments appropriate to their organizations in the 21st century. Our primary practice areas of academic, healthcare and civic architecture present limitless opportunities for an outcomes such as image, allusion and program, but also by deeper issues surfacing through evidence based design and redesigning our footprint within nature’s limits.

Ratcliff provides comprehensive consulting, architectural and interior design services that span the entire building life-cycle. Our Healthcare Practice Area is staffed by professionals with backgrounds ranging from architecture and design, to hospital facility and strategic planning, and higher education. Services provided include master planning, healthcare architecture, operational analysis/process mapping, medical and strategic facilities planning, equipment analysis and budgeting, and interior design. Our work involves the full spectrum from analysis and feasibility studies to new construction through replacement and renovation for all building types: hospitals, ambulatory treatment centers, medical office buildings, and specialty settings such as cancer treatment centers and assisted living/Skilled Nursing Facilities. Our client base includes organizations from the public and private sectors, academic medical settings, medical practice groups, healthcare systems and free-standing organizations.

Ratcliff’s core purpose, “to evoke the world to which we and our clients aspire”, motivates us to continue our legacy through the design of sustainable environments for future generations.

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Shah Kawasaki Architects

Shah Kawasaki ArchitectsFounded in 1999, Shah Kawasaki Architects (SKA) is a public sector architectural firm providing quality design services for municipal, state, and higher education clients. Located in Oakland’s Jack London Square, our 12-person practice includes four principals and eight staff members. The firm’s structure enables hands-on involvement of the principals, close working relationships with staff, and creative design solutions. As a public sector firm, Shah Kawasaki Architects proactively works with project managers and multifaceted stakeholders and is responsible for meeting strict schedules and budgets.

Shah Kawasaki Architects provides design service for the full range of building types utilized by our public sector clients including healthcare facilities, public safety projects, community centers, libraries, administrative offices, and museums. As one of Alameda County’s on-call Architects, SKA has had the privilege of providing tenant improvement services to several of the County’s offices, a master plan for the Sheriff’s Regional Training Center and design for the Sheriff’s Law Enforcement Office Building. Most notably, we recently completed design-build services for their new Sobering Station/Detoxification Facility, a significant addition to the County’s Fairmont Healthcare Campus.

Our team is committed to sustainable design on all of our projects regardless of legislative mandate. We have been able to successfully steer this path to sustainable design and deliver LEED and self-certified design projects because of two reasons: our commitment to understanding the technologies behind sustainable materials and systems and our ability to navigate a project through the often conflicting environmental goals and fiduciary tensions of publicly funded projects. SKA’s substantial commitment to sustainability in these areas is not only in the way we design projects, but also in the way we manage our office and actively educate our employees. Our office standards, including all boilerplate specifications, incorporate sustainable goals and make the process seamless within our office.

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