/ County of Santa Clara Ambulatory Specialty Center
The new five-story, 190,000 square foot Ambulatory Specialty Center (ASC) in San Jose will offer both medical and surgical services to outpatients and is projected to deliver improved efficiencies, better access and positive patient outcomes. The design supports the organization’s response to progressive models of care and delivery, while promoting flexibility, conserving resources during construction, and ensuring long-term service of the building components and assemblies.
The integrated and collaborative work process resulted in a building design that is rigorously tuned to the facility’s public mission. Stakeholders understood the driving considerations of each department, and the interplay of these considerations as the design progressed. Site visits and tours allowed the user group and the design team to benchmark comparable programs and isolate decisions. The Center provides functional and operational services, including a Clinic to support surgical specialties, Blood Draw, Laboratory Services, Diagnostic Imaging, Pharmacy, Central Sterile Processing, Materials Management, Operations and Administration.
To maximize building performance and green technology cost-effectiveness, the team employed a cross-disciplinary approach involving engineers, planners, architects, and other experts, beginning in the programming and pre-design phase. These were followed by additional building systems evaluations to arrive at optimal results in water and energy efficiencies, and waste reduction. With occupant wellness and sustainability at the forefront of design, the project targets LEED Gold or Platinum certification, as well as Savings by Design, California’s non-residential new construction energy-efficiency incentive program. The project energy reduction goals include 30% energy savings compared to Title 24 baseline, no cooling tower, usage of well water, limited usage of fossil fuel, and capturing renewable energy.