KMD Architects completes 'healthcare community of the future' in California
Serving the communities of California’s Silicon Valley, the modernisation of 426-bed acute care El Camino Hospital campus focused on creating the ‘healthcare community of the future’. In complying with California SB 1953 requirements for seismic compliance of acute care patient structures, the Hospital Board also chose to take the opportunity to transform the medical campus into the 'healthcare community of the future' to better serve its communities for decades to come. Project components that comprise 457,000 sq ft of replacement Hospital construction include Administrative and Support functions, Emergency, Radiology, Surgical services and ICU, General Med / Surg Nursing beds and Pediatrics / Adolescent Medicine.
A Central Plant Expansion adding 6,000 sq ft to an existing 10,000 sq ft involved installation of new equipment and replacement of existing equipment all while supporting an operating facility. A general reconfiguration of the campus as a whole was also accomplished, separating the various functional entries to the site. A major design opportunity which emerged by retaining a portion of the existing facility to accommodate Outpatient Services was the establishment of an open courtyard between the new and existing buildings. The siting and disposition of the L-configured plan created a public space within El Camino Hospital that has become the symbolic and physical center of the El Camino Campus. The courtyard and interior concourse represent the place-making opportunity that makes the experience recognisable and memorable.
To create a positive and satisfying patient experience, designers and architects developed a variety of ways for patients and visitors to find their way to their destinations within the hospital. These include: landmarks at major destinations and elevator banks with floating; indirectly-lit ceiling canopies that protrude into major public corridors; a distinctive canopy and dynamic light feature outside the Emergency Department that acts as a homing beacon.