Kaiser Permanente plans to consolidate its Oakland, Calif., headquarters from seven locations into one to reduce overhead costs and provide what Chairman and CEO Bernard Tyson described as a "community benefit" to the city.
The health system announced Monday it will break ground on the new Kaiser Permanente Thrive Center in 2020, a 1.6 million-square-foot building that will accommodate its more than 7,000 national and Northern California regional administrative employees.
Tyson estimated the move should save more than $60 million per year in operational costs from avoided maintenance on the old sites and lower utility expenses from the more energy efficient new center.
Those savings will be re-invested toward the system's efforts to lower health costs for their members, he said.
"The goal is to make healthcare more affordable in this country, and we're part of that and something that we're working on," Tyson said. "
Plans for the system to consolidate had been in the works for over a year. Tyson said other markets outside of California, such as Colorado and Georgia, were evaluated for a possible move because of the rising costs of commercial real estate leases in the Bay Area.