Demolition activity is ongoing at the 1101 Van Ness site. Reminiscent of prehistoric beasts, excavator’s steel jaws crunch down on Cathedral Hill Hotel’s concrete skeleton, spewing tons of dust and rubble to the earth below. Other heavy machinery use their scorpion like tails to jack-hammer through the building’s remaining walls and ceilings. Broken concrete and twisted steel lay strewn across most of the area where the 53 year old hotel once stood. This scene of destruction signifies an era’s end and the start of another as California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) intends to construct a 274 to 304 bed hospital on the freed land. Nearby on the opposite side of Van Ness Avenue, CPMC is also building a Medical Office Building (MOB) to serve the hospital’s administrative needs. A recent onsite tour revealed the demolition and construction status for both sites.
Van Ness and Geary Hospital
With only two portions of the ruined 10 story hotel left standing, construction crews were dealing final blows to the southern segment as only a swaying corner portion remained. The gutted north side building remains partially intact as an excavator’s steel jaws chomped away the concrete floors. Demolition completion is expected in spring of this year and will be followed by excavation for the new hospital’s foundations. In contrast to their existing portfolio of innovative hospital designs, architect Smithgroup JJR’s renderings for the new hospital show a more conservative design philosophy. The future 12 story hospital is expecting LEED certification and is estimated to be completed in 2019.
Medical Office Building (MOB)
An underground tunnel under Van Ness Avenue will connect the hospital to a new Medical Office Building housing the hospital’s administrative functions. The MOB will sit on a narrow block of land currently occupied by a number of abandoned buildings. With the exception of 1001 Polk Street, all the buildings will be razed to make way for the MOB. Renderings released by architect Boulder Associates show a modern designed building that will add a contemporary style to the local area. The building is similarly scheduled to be completed in 2019.