Project category: Addition (completed November 2005)

Chief administrator: Gary Rapaport, CEO, (925) 779-7200

Firm: HDR - Sacramento, (916) 817-4768

Design team: George Vangelatos, Project Designer; Rob McCormick, Project Manager (HDR - Sacramento); Bill Brinkman, Principal-in-Charge (HDR - Mountain View); Doris Witte, Interior Designer; Dan Hahn, Structural Engineer (HDR - Omaha)

Photography: © Vance Fox

Total building area (sq. ft.): 49,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $327

Total construction cost (excluding land): $16,000,000

Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch is a nonprofit, community-based facility located in central California. This 200-bed hospital has provided state-of-the-art, forward-thinking healthcare to an ethnically and financially diverse community since the 1960s.

With community needs and demographics changing rapidly, Sutter Delta responded with a new Women's Health Center and Emergency Department. This 49,000-sq.-ft., two-level addition includes an expanded 22,000-sq.-ft. labor and delivery unit on the upper level and a 16,000-sq.-ft. emergency department on the lower level.

The overall design goals were to create an addition with functional clarity and contextual uniformity on the interior, an interesting exterior look, and maximum efficiencies in a simple floor plate.

This overall design promotes quality healthcare for both mother and infant in a comforting, homelike environment. This unit was designed as two distinct operating units: delivery and postpartum.

The delivery side includes two OB triage rooms (antepartum) and eight spacious labor and delivery rooms. Immediately adjacent but concealed behind secured doors are a C-section room, gynecologic operating room with voice-activated cameras and digital imaging screens, and a dedicated two-bed recovery unit. The new nursery has state-of-the-art monitoring/infant security systems.

The adjacent postpartum unit has 14 private postpartum rooms and five additional semiprivate gynecology rooms that accommodate a constantly fluctuating census.

This department includes 31 exam rooms, 2 enclosed trauma rooms, and specialty rooms for pediatrics/OB. Updated technology includes wireless bedside registration and electronic patient tracking at the nursing stations.