New Westside Medical Office: Project Details
The new 18,000 square foot building will offer primary care physicians (family and internal medicine), bring pediatric services to the Westside, while continuing to offer Westside residents access to urgent care services. The new facility will eventually accommodate 18 medical providers along with support staff. For additional information, follow the links below:
Plan DetailsFloor plan
Laurent Street site line
Traffic study presentation
Frequently Asked Questions
Traffic Calming Measures letter
Building and Site
The new office building will be located on seven contiguous parcels totaling 51,835 square feet, which will be consolidated into one development. The single largest parcel is a vacant lot at the corner of Van Ness and Mission. The site will also encompass other parcels that currently have retail businesses and residences.
The 18,000+ square foot medical office is designed as two-story structure with its frontage along Mission Street and parking behind. The development is consistent with the Mission Street Design Plan and Guidelines. The building will be accessible from both Mission Street and the parking lot behind the building.
The rectangular structure presents 210 feet of building frontage along Mission Street and will be developed in a way that will provide a pedestrian friendly and visually interesting facade. The development will be separated from adjacent residents by a landscaped wall along the property line at the back of the parking area.
Parking, Transportation and Traffic
There will be driveways on both Laurent and Van Ness streets. A canopied patient drop-off area will be provided in the back, with pedestrian entries provided on both the front (Mission Street) and back (parking lot) sides. Parking would be provided to accommodate 88 cars, including four ADA accessible spaces. Bicycle parking would be provided in two locations with a total of 20 bike spaces.
Traffic issues are of key concern in this project as with all projects on the Mission St. corridor. A traffic analysis has been prepared by Hexagon Consultants which discusses in detail all aspects of the project as well as conditions current and projected with or without the project. This study was done per the scope of services established by the City Traffic Engineer. Click here to view the study. Traffic impacts resulting from a medical office are different and less substantial than other retail uses would be on the site. Nonetheless, the PAMF team is working closely with neighbors and the City on ways to avoid exacerbating existing traffic concerns. Several traffic calming measures are under discussion.
A bus stop with a covered shelter will be integrated with the building façade on Mission Street, the design of which has been reviewed and supported by the Santa Cruz Metro Transit District staff.
The pedestrian experience along Mission Street will be improved by expanding the sidewalk to a width of eight feet and the installation of trees along the curb to improve pedestrian comfort and separation from the street.
Working with the Santa Cruz Neighbors organization, PAMF has met with, and will continue to work with representatives from Van Ness and Laurent streets on specific site, landscaping, parking lighting and traffic calming measures. These interactions already have led to constructive project changes to address various concerns.
The building design features a contemporary look with high quality finishes and materials. It will be similar in look to the recently opened PAMF medical office building located at 2907 Chanticleer Ave across from Sutter Maternity & Surgery Center.
The building’s two-story structure is consistent with the Mission Street Urban Design Plan and with the neighboring commercial and residential character. The height and site placement of the building will help screen residences behind the development from Mission Street traffic and noise. The design gives special attention to pedestrian friendly facades with amenities such as recessed entries, extensive street-level windows, trelliswork, screened parking and abundant drought-tolerant landscaping.
The building has been designed so that clinical workflow processes can be streamlined through the implementation of “Lean” measures, improving clinical efficiency and patient satisfaction. Accommodation has also been made to allow space for Shared Medical Appointments (SMA), which involve group medical appointments for patients with chronic medical conditions. This relatively new offering for patients has been extremely successful and received excellent reviews from patients. The building will additionally contain a community meeting room that will be made available to members of the community.
Green Design Features
The project includes green building and site design features consistent with the City’s policies and with PAMF’s internal goals for energy-efficient design. PAMF will seek Monterey Bay Green Business Certification for the project. Green features include:
Sustainable Site Planning
- Optimal East/West orientation and proportioning of building mass for solar and day lighting of interior spaces
- Heat Island Effect is reduced with the 2-story building, canopy shade trees in the parking area, and a cool roof system
- Building located adjacent to a main arterial route
- Alternate transportation encouraged with accessible bicycle parking and a new bus stop and shelter
- Electric charging station(s)
- Storm water design uses on-site mitigation measures including bio-swales
- Construction activity pollution prevention will be provided and waste materials will be recycled during construction
- Water efficient landscaping will be used, including drought resistant ornamentals and drip irrigation throughout the site
- Plumbing fixtures will consist of dual flush option toilets, waterless urinals and water saver faucets
- The site plan utilizes best management practices for drainage, including vegetated bio-swales to catch and filter storm water runoff.
Energy & Atmosphere
- Life cycle costing analysis will be utilized to develop an energy efficient heating and cooling system, targeting a 20% lower energy use than standard heating and cooling systems
- High performance building envelope components, including specialty dual-glazed windows and doors
- Insulation will be increased by 30% compared to previous construction efforts
- High efficiency lighting fixtures are utilized throughout building
- Specialty skylights are used reduce the use of light fixtures
Materials, Resources and Imaging Equipment
- Structural steel framing system contains approximately two thirds recycled steel content
- Construction waste recycling will target a 75% recycle collection
- A filmless radiology room will eliminate the need for film processing and water
Indoor Environmental Quality
- Use of low-emitting materials, such as adhesives, sealants, furniture and fixtures will ensure low toxicity to building occupants
- All interior casework will contain post consumer recycled content along with wood composite and agri-fiber
- Paint will be free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
After consulting with the Santa Cruz City Police Department, the design maximizes safety and minimizes the potential for security problems and issues that may arise. Some key features to be included in the development are:
- Building design that avoids hidden alcoves that could become a nuisance
- On-site security cameras
- Use of landscaping and wall materials that will minimize the potential for graffiti
- Use of specific features to protect curbs and parking areas from damage by skateboarding, and minimize the potential for accidents
- Pedestrian safety features such as strategically placed lighting, safe and well-marked paths of travel, and widened sidewalks with improved buffer from Mission Streetusing curbside street trees
Design and Construction Team
General Contractor – Bogard Construction
Major Sub-Contractors - K.T. Mechanical, Hope Electric, Connor Plumbing
Design Team - Ifland Engineers, Inc. (civil engineer), Thomas Scherer and Associates (landscape architect), PPD Multimedia (signage), Tharp & Associates (geotechnical engineering), Hamilton Swift & Associates (land use planning)
PAMF Santa Cruz is committed to using qualified local design and construction trade partners for its projects.