High Desert Medical Center, Lancaster, Calif.
Type of facility: comprehensive medical center
Client: County of Los Angeles-Department of Public Works
Project architects: Anshen and Allen Architects, Los Angeles; Langdon-Wilson, Los Angeles; Stone Marracini Patterson, Santa Monica, Calif.; and Villanueva/Aroni Architects, Costa Mesa, Calif.
Construction manager: Jones Construction Management/Hill International, Newport Beach, Calif.
Scheduled completion: June 2000
Size: 454,436 square feet
Total estimated building cost: $143 million
Cost per square foot: $314
The plan behind building High Desert Medical Center is to offer inpatient, outpatient and health education services to an expanding community.
The huge medical complex in Lancaster, Calif., will include five categories of buildings: the main hospital, outpatient services, administration, general services and the central plant. The buildings are separate structures, each with its own identity and access, and are connected by bridges or breezeways.
The design emphasizes the desire of the client, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Works, to provide patient-centered care. Seventy-five percent of the facility's patient rooms will be private. It includes decentralized nursing stations and select clinical support functions on inpatient floors.
"The architects have successfully integrated all of the complicated planning aspects of a healthcare setting in a cohesive, well-thought-out manner," said judge Morris A. Stein.
The campus features landscaping as part of its exterior design. Rows of eucalyptus act not only as a shield from the wind but also as an identifier between areas.
"This center is very well-organized with unique use of courtyards and a pleasing entry to the entire complex," said judge Lawrence P. Lammers. "The simple arrangement of elements and corridor placement makes for easy patient and visitor wayfinding."
The county department insisted that the design remain intact for at least 25 years.
"This project should be noted for its site planning," said judge William H. Paxson. "This well-organized scheme integrates buildings, courtyards and parking while maintaining campus character."