Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center
Santa Cruz, Calif.
Type of facility: birthing/surgery center
Client: Sutter/CHS, Sacramento, Calif.
Project architect: A joint venture between Silva Strong Architects, Sacramento, and Kaplan McLaughlin Diaz, San Francisco
General contractor: Bogard Construction, Santa Cruz
Completed: February 1996
Size: 63,306 square feet
Total cost: $10.9 million
Cost per square foot: $171Sutter Maternity and Surgery's residential character in a parklike setting impressed the judges.
Located on a 3.8-acre site, the building was designed in a way that saved the mature trees on the site and created a relaxing atmosphere. The washed-tone facade together with rounded roofs, mullioned windows and entry rotunda project a noninstitutional environment, the judges said. Outside the entrance, the main walkway is lined with park benches, landscaping and miniature light posts. The rotunda serves as an architectural focal point and connects the center's two wings.
The surgery suite includes four large operating rooms and a room for endosurgical procedures.
The 12 birthing suites were particularly impressive, said judge D. Kirk Hamilton. They feature window seats, French doors and private terraces. The suites, which host patients during labor, delivery, recovery and postpartum, are organized along wide corridors to easily accommodate traffic.
Noteworthy details include custom-finished cabinetry in each suite containing medical equipment such as blood pressure monitors, electrical outlets and fetal monitors.
"Reaching out to the community with a residential-scale facility to provide birthing services and surgery is a welcome departure to institutional-based healthcare," judge Robin Orr said.
Specialty services also make the patients and their families feel at ease. Hotel-quality food service is available round the clock, and the cafeteria and pharmacy are accessible by a central public corridor.
"This clean, bright and happy space works well with the natural landscape, and the terraces provide a nice human touch that bridges the gap between institutional healthcare and a homelike environment," judge Deborah Rohde said.