Client: Kaiser Antelope Valley
Kaiser Permanente saw the need for a new, highly sustainable, specialty medical office building to bring specialized care to a growing number of members in the remote location of Lancaster, 70 miles north of Los Angeles. Known for its windy, high desert climate, Lancaster’s extreme weather presented challenges in the design and construction, particularly in light of Kaiser’s goals of LEED Gold-certification.
The south facing wall of the building is covered by a curvilinear glass curtain that allows the building to harvest natural light and minimize the need to artificial lighting during the day time. Providing expansive views of the mountains on the horizon, the large windows help create a biophilic design that incorporates nature into the built environment, which can prove crucial in healthcare facilities as it contributes directly to patient’s well-being.
Size: 136,850 sf
Completion Date: 2014
Owner: Kaiser Permanente