Photo Courtesy of UCSF USCF's Mission Bay medical center is ahead of schedule and $200 million under budget. Related Links: Lean Gurus See Big Gains Sutter Health Unlocks Door to New Process When Michael Bade arrived at the University of California, San Francisco, in 2004 as director of capital programs, he walked into the middle of what he calls "a litigation storm." Four of UCSF's previous ﬁve projects were in court or mediation. What's more, many local contractors refused to bid on projects due to the school's reputation.Bade, now assistant vice chancellor of capital programs and campus architect for UCSF,
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.