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Updated: Feb. 3, 2009
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 design.

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,

  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Physician Organizations

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