Type of facility: Outpatient
Client: University of California-Davis Medical Center, Sacramento
Project architects: Hammel, Green and Abrahamson, Sacramento
Construction manager: ProWest PCM, Temecula, Calif.
Completed: April 2003
Size: 141,000 square feet
Cost: $28 million
Cost per square foot: $198
The MIND-or Medical Investigations of Neurodevelopmental Disorders-Institute, part of the University of California-Davis Medical Center campus, focuses on the causes and treatments of autism through collaborative multidisciplinary teams.
The new four-building facility has a resource center, outpatient clinic, faculty building, biological research laboratory and plans for a future human psychology laboratory.
"The exterior and interior aspects of this project are of the highest grade," says judge Carol Bentel. "The appropriate scale of the spaces was well-considered in the design."
Made for the research and treatment of autism and other childhood neurodevelopmental diseases, many of the features are scaled down for the facility's young patients, using warm and simple designs that don't overstimulate the senses. The exam and assessment rooms are finished in natural wood and have fully concealed hardware, round-edged furniture and inconspicuous examination tables.
Covered walkways, wooded courtyards and gardens throughout offer a "relaxing and interactive ambience," designers say.
Judges agree. "The exterior and interior design create a very therapeutic environment," says Randy Peterson. And Edward Huckaby calls it "a work of perfection that inspires the human spirit and mind."