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Kaiser Permanente, Lone Tree Medical Offices: Lone Tree Colo.

Submitted by: Davis Partnership Architects Denver, and Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects Denver

The Kaiser Permanente Lone Tree Medical Offices opened in January 2014 and is the latest of several new medical office buildings (MOB) to open in the Denver metro area, serving a growing number of Kaiser Permanente members.

The six-floor, 275,000-square-foot center provides Kaiser Permanente members access to specialty services, such as ambulatory surgery, anesthesia pain management, allergy, gastroenterology, and a minor procedure center. An oncology infusion center opens up to a covered outdoor deck that provides expansive views of the Colorado Front Range mountains,

Davis Partnership Architects, in collaboration with Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects along with Adolfson & Peterson Construction, designed and built the multispecialty center.

This first phase of a multi-phased master plan is intended to be the central organizing element that establishes the architectural vocabulary and connects the campus via a common circulation spine and main pedestrian drop-off. There was a strong desire to respect the context of the neighboring developments and to create a timeless yet contemporary design character. The use of terra-cotta panels in the buildings skin retains the warmth of the neighboring palettes while offering a scale and texture that presents a modern building character. The facade includes high-performance glazing and metal panel accents that also relate to the adjacent commercial facilities.

The Lone Tree Medical Offices has achieved a LEED Silver level of certification. Kaiser Permanente promotes alternative transportation uses, being adjacent to a light-rail train station, with bicycle storage, electric car charging stations, and access to bus routes. The MOB is designed to promote health and wellness. The stairs are daylit and visible for easy accessibility to encourage their use. The facility includes a staff fitness area and a walking/running path outside with circuit training stops. The building utilizes daylighting whenever possible and includes multiple patio or roof deck areas with views of the foothills to the west and the downtown Denver skyline to the north. The campus design includes a demonstration garden, and the landscaping incorporates water conservation plant selections.

The new Kaiser Permanente Lone Tree MOB has taken an even more dramatic step in integrating art and healing by allowing architecture and art to meld seamlessly. There are art pieces from 34 different Colorado artists. Placing this artwork in an architectural environment allows the viewer comfortable contemplation and an opportunity to relax and reflect, which is especially important in a healthcare setting.

Project category: New construction

Chief administrator: Greg Mills, medical specialty south area administrator

Firms: Davis Partnership Architects,; Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects, www.bwgarchitects. com

Design team: Kevin D. Scott, principal-in-charge; David Daniel, lead designer; Jimmy Schumacher, project manager; Val Williams, medical planner; Jeff Stoecklein, landscape architect (Davis Partnership Architects); Curtis Martin, architect (Bennett Wagner & Grody Architects)

Photography: [C]2013 Paul Brokering Photography; [C]2013 Frank Ooms Photography

Total building area (sq. ft.): 275,376

Construction cost/sq. ft.: Not available

Total construction cost (excluding land): Not available

Completed: August 2013
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Publication:Healthcare Design
Geographic Code:1U8CO
Date:Sep 1, 2014
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