|Kaiser Permanente Opens Eco-Friendly Pasadena Medical Office Building
Kaiser Permanente said it opened its new eco-friendly Pasadena Medical Office Building.
"The eco-friendly design and construction demonstrate
our commitment to wellness, healing and the environment," said Jimmy
Wannares, manager of the Pasadena facility. "We’re also excited
about being able to provide several new services that we know will
improve the entire care experience for our members."
The total staff of more than 150 physicians, medical
specialists and support personnel will provide family medicine,
obstetrics/gynecology, podiatry, allergy immunotherapy, internal
medicine, dermatology, pediatrics, sports medicine, a walk-in nurse
clinic and state of the art laboratory and pharmacy. The services will
be complemented with the latest technologies for bone density scanning,
digital imaging radiology (X-ray) and mammography screenings.
"Everything at this facility is brand new," said Jo-Dee
Becker, capital projects team manager for Kaiser Permanente’s
national facilities services in Southern California. "It has a
beautiful atrium open to the sky, and all the waiting areas are open to
a canopy of trees." Completing the design team is general contractor
Hamilton Construction, and HMC Architects for architecture and interior
The medical offices also boast an eco-friendly design
and construction. Automated mechanical control systems change
temperature throughout the day, adjusting based on occupancy. Natural
light in the central lobby reduces the need for artificial light.
Automatic light shut-off switches and fluorescent light fixtures
decrease the energy usage throughout the building.
Flooring consists of non-PVC backed carpet as well as
rubber flooring that includes recycled material and requires no
compounds or cleaners for daily maintenance. The products also
contribute to the internal air quality; they don’t hold dust or
other allergens and help prevent the growth of bacteria and mold.
Address: Kaiser Permanente, One Kaiser Plaza, Oakland, CA 94612; (510) 271-2377, www.kaiserpermanente.org.