Submitted by: ZGF Architects LLP (Portland, Ore.)

ZGF, in partnership with its design-build team, designed a new outpatient clinic for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in Loma Linda, Calif. The project goal was to consolidate services and provide additional capacity in a contemporary, patient-centered setting, while making significant outpatient services more accessible to veterans. The new, 500-employee ambulatory care center features 215 exam rooms, 17 procedure rooms, and 2,000 parking spaces, and can accommodate 50 percent of all outpatient care visits to the VA Loma Linda Healthcare System. Services include primary care, women’s health, prosthetics, outpatient physical medicine and rehabilitation, imaging, mental health, and dental health. The four clinics are arranged in a pinwheel configuration around a central public zone, creating a gathering space at the heart of the building. Materials and colors create a unique character for each building and help lend a smaller-scale experience for patients, families, and staff. The clinic is oriented to take advantage of daylight, and features skylights and full-height windows at key circulation and waiting areas. Extensive landscaping with greenspaces, including healing gardens and a physical therapy courtyard, enhances the therapeutic environment, and outdoor seating and picnic areas surround the building. The VA Loma Linda clinic has achieved LEED Silver certification.

Project category: New construction

Chief administrator: Barbara Fallen, director, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System

Firm: ZGF Architects LLP,

Design team: ZGF Architects LLP (architect and landscape architect); The Walsh Group (developer/owner and general contractor); Degenkolb Engineers (structural engineer); Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. (civil engineer); Mazzetti (MEP engineer); The Innova Group (medical equipment planner)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 340,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $361

Total construction cost (excluding land): $123 million

Completed: July 2016