While constructing the Santa Teresa Women's and Children's medical office building, DPR created a strong working relationship with Kaiser officials, the architect and key subcontractors. This partnering effort was instrumental in maintaining smooth coordination despite weather and permit delays that could have become major problems. Indicative of the team's success, the steel frame for the 104,900-sq.-ft. building was erected in just 12 working days.
The three-story structure with a stucco finish has wing-like parapets on all sides which provide sun shade during hot summer months. Stair towers are positioned at both ends of the long axis of the building.
More than 80 percent of the space is for OB-GYN, pediatric and dermatology care, with the remainder for pharmacies, laboratories, health education and physician's office space. All areas are arranged for maximum efficiency in a series of clinical modules, with offices on the perimeter and examination rooms in the center.
Kaiser Permanente's Executive Vice President for Northern California, David Pockell, toured the completed Santa Teresa medical office building and gave it high praise. “He sees buildings all over the region, and so the fact that he was very impressed with this one is really important. He is not an easy person to impress, and he was very, very impressed,” said Yvone Hobbs, Kaiser's facilities development team leader.