Type of facility: medical center
Client: UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco.
Project architect: Anshen+Allen Architects, San Francisco
Construction manager: LEM Construction/Dennis Garrett,
Completed: January 2001
Size: 19,000 square feet
Total cost: $4.8 million
Cost per square foot: $253
The primary campus of UCSF's pediatric outpatient clinics was built in the 1960s and was due for modernization. During the past 30 years, the building had become functionally inefficient and aesthetically tired, according to the architectural firm leading the renovation. The project's goals were to consolidate and realign pediatric outpatient clinic services previously located in various sites throughout the medical campus.
From the elevator lobby, traffic is split in two directions. To the north is a special circular room and to the south, a large mural. The clinic corridor leads to a series of color-coded exam corridors, which have been angled to ease traffic flow and also to offer a more dynamic design. The circular room doubles as a morning reading room and an afternoon teen lounge, with teen magazines placed high and partially hidden from younger children.
The short exam corridors end in views and team work spaces, and corridor wall colors differentiate clusters of exam rooms, with special ceiling elements pointing the way out.
Judge David Veillette says it was an "excellent use of colors and art design."
Adds judge Jerry Priest: "The patient flow was superbly enhanced, flexibility was built in if future service needs changed and angled corridors were innovatively combined with the color palette, textures, indirect lighting and use of natural woods."