Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center
Santa Clara, Calif.
Type of facility: hospital and medical office building
Client: Kaiser Permanente Facilities Design and Construction, Oakland, Calif.
Project architect: Anshen & Allen Architects, San Francisco
Construction manager: Rudolph & Sletten, Foster City, Calif.
Scheduled completion: July 1999
Size: 1.2 million square feet
Total estimated building cost: $180 million
Cost per square foot: $150
This project has "strong, internal, functional planning," said judge William H. Paxson.
In a space of 1.2 million square feet, the new Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center will house 250 beds and 300 offices, incorporating inpatient and outpatient care.
In an attempt to make the large-scale project more accessible, multiple structures are connected by pedestrian walkways, bridges and courtyards.
The campus consists of the hospital and two three-story medical office buildings. One building is freestanding and houses ambulatory surgery services. The other is linked to the hospital and contains a diagnostic and treatment center.
Access to each building is marked by a distinct pavilion to further aid people in finding their way.
"This facility provides a diverse functional program which is answered with architectural vitality remaining respectful of relentless modularity and identifiable elements," said judge Christopher Rudolph.
Within each building, public corridors are located along the perimeters, which are lined by the outdoor courtyard. In addition, the courtyard serves as a boundary between the nursing wings and treatment centers providing parklike views for patient rooms and staff.
The project uses the site effectively without compromising the need for access to the courtyards and other outdoor areas, said judge Robin Orr.