Project category: Project in progress (December 2011)

Chief administrator: Larry Maas, Administrator, (916) 454-6865

Firm: KMD Architects, (415) 398-5191

Design team: Jim Diaz, FAIA, Principal/Lead Design Architect; Bob Petersen, Project Manager; Richard Sheng, Project Architect/Job Captain; Ryan Stevens, Design Principal; Rob Matthew, AIA, Director of Medical Planning; Doug Gordon, Senior Medical Planner

Total building area (sq. ft.): 638,000 (new); 425,000 (renovation)

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $450 (new); $207 (renovation)

Total construction cost (excluding land): $287,000,000 (new); $88,000,000 (renovation)

The comprehensive renovation of Sutter Medical Center, Sacramento includes multiple projects in one integrated plan to create and enhance a vibrant, livable, and walkable neighborhood in Sacramento's midtown.

Designed over a five-year public planning process with the neighborhood, community leaders, and project partners, the overall medical campus redevelopment is part of a broader community mixed-use project, consisting of (1) renovating the existing Sutter General Hospital and Sutter Cancer Center and creating a compact, state-of-the-art medical campus with a new Women's and Children's Center and medical office building, (2) creating a live theater complex for B Street Theatre and the Children's Theatre of California, and (3) incorporating healing arts programs with the Children's Theatre of California.

The project also encompasses 32 new, for-sale homes; a new, expanded Trinity Cathedral; restaurants, commercial, and retail space; a community parking garage; and historic preservation and seismic monitoring.

The medical center itself spans three city blocks, multiple service lines, and several care centers. The design team used two midblock drives to serve as central arrival points. The creation of separate entrances within one large, main lobby will differentiate and make the various service lines and care centers housed in the medical center easy to find and designed to the specific needs of the patients they serve.

Innovative planning concepts include critical-decision units at emergency and direct-admit inpatient entrances, single-care acuity-adaptable patient rooms, adjacent adult and pediatric emergency departments, and bridges connecting major buildings and parking structures.