Class Act: University of California San Diego Health System Outpatient Pavilion
UC San Diego Health’s Outpatient Pavilion will open in 2017 and is designed to maximize daylight penetration as its primary means of reducing energy usage.
The four-story University of California San Diego Health System Outpatient Pavilion is scheduled to open in spring 2017 and will house an ambulatory surgery center with eight ORs, an outpatient radiology center serving the entire campus, and interoperable clinics serving specialties such as orthopedics and sports medicine.
While the east and west façades have strategic openings to minimize glare and heat gain, the inner light shafts are lit from top apertures, creating sky-lit work nodes.
Different color palettes are used to identify patient waiting areas, while similar wall, flooring, and ceiling materials maintain visual continuity throughout the building.
Scheduled to open in spring 2017, the new 154,000-square-foot outpatient pavilion at the University of California San Diego will support the new Jacobs Medical Center and serve as the outpatient hub for UCSD’s La Jolla Health Sciences campus.
The four-story facility will house an ambulatory surgery center with eight ORs, outpatient radiology services, and several interoperable clinics focused on such fields as cancer, apheresis, and stem cell treatment.
The building is organized into four 40- to 50-foot-wide bars separated by three-story light wells, allowing light to filter into interior spaces from both sides.
Tom Chessum, principal at CO Architects (Los Angeles), the design firm on the project, says the space between front- and back-of-house areas is located within these light wells and is designed as interactive work zones for the staff, including residents, nurses, and physicians, with drop-down areas for such activities as charting or hosting small-group discussion during rounds.
“We’ve taken what would typically be functional space and said this is really the heart space of the building,” he says.
Anne DiNardo is senior editor of Healthcare Design. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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