East Cliff Family Health Center

East Cliff Family Health Center

Location

Santa Cruz, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects joined Santa Cruz Community Health Centers to plan and construct the East Cliff Family Health Center in the Live Oak neighborhood of Santa Cruz.  The completed OSHPD-3 clinic supports the Centers’ goal of providing high-quality primary care, pediatric services and health education to all clients regardless of economic status.

The Center features an open central work area enclosed in clear glazing.  Here, healthcare professionals can work as teams and sometimes wave to their young patients as they leave.  Bright accent colors are used throughout the facility, and frosted glass doors on individual patient rooms provide daylighting while still protecting patients’ privacy.  Significant efforts were made to introduce natural lighting within the former bank building, resulting in skylights throughout.  A top-lit former vault now serves as a small conference room, and day-lit corridors now extend deep into the building.

WRD provided architectural design, space planning, interior design, and owner representative services for the 9,000-square-foot space, which includes 15 exam rooms, a procedure room, three behavioral health counseling rooms, on-site lab services, open and private office spaces, along with breakroom and conference room areas.

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Natividad Acute Rehabilitation Center

Natividad Acute Rehabilitation Center

Location

Salinas, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects teamed with Natividad Medical Center to remodel its existing 21,000-square-foot Acute Rehabilitation Unit (ARU) — the largest of its kind in Monterey County. Located in Salinas, the ARU provides inpatient and outpatient services for individuals who have suffered an injury or complex medical condition that may cause a disability. This OSHPD-1 remodel was spurred by the increasingly consumer-driven nature of facility selection by new rehab patients.

The renovation added four acute rehabilitation beds and four new dialysis beds, bringing the total capacity of the ARU up to 24 beds.  The project also added new finishes, furnishings, equipment, and nurses’ stations throughout.  The ARU also features outdoor garden space and refurbished gym and dining room areas.

The project included meticulously planned phased improvements that were designed to minimize the impact of construction to the Unit’s patients. Despite the extensive reach of the project, not a single patient bed went empty as a result of construction. In total square footage of improvements, this is Natividad’s largest remodel since the hospital was built in 1999.

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Dientes

Dientes

Location

Santa Cruz, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects assisted Dientes, a nonprofit dental clinic, to expand its Santa Cruz facility by 2,400 square feet.  The newly established Helen Webster Children’s Dental Center accommodates the needs of young patients with a seven-chair pediatric wing that includes kid-friendly waiting room areas and tooth brushing stations for teaching oral hygiene.

WRD Architects maximized clinical efficiencies by studying and incorporating staff workflow into the space plan. The naturally lit OSHPD-3 facility has a centrally located panoramic X-ray space and a sterilization room to serve both the adult and pediatric wings.  As a result of this project, Dientes is now able to accommodate 8,800 additional visits a year — 40 percent more than the clinic’s original capacity.

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611 Abbott Medical Office Building

611 Abbott Medical Office Building

Location

Salinas, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects partnered with Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System to design a two-story medical office building complete with luxuriant landscaping throughout the site, including mature olive trees at the front entry and a rooftop garden accessible to all building users.  The ground floor houses a physical therapy space, which includes an MRI unit and a therapy spa.  The upper floor features nurse training and administrative areas, along with a state-of-the-art clinical simulation lab.   The lab includes a control room, two simulation areas and debriefing rooms.

“Simulation has been used for many years in aviation, the military and in medicine,” said Rachel Failano, RN, MSN, Clinical Nurse Educator, Clinical Simulation/Skills Lab Coordinator, “but it is new territory for nursing, and in a non-teaching hospital setting in particular. It adds an entirely new dimension to learning. We can create specific patient care environments and scenarios using high-fidelity, human simulators, rather than patients, to learn the most effective and safest ways to respond in situations.”

Outside the medical facility, Bio Swales, treatment systems, sediment filters, and grease interceptors were designed to treat and control stormwater from parking lots.

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PrimeCare Medical Office Building

PrimeCare Medical Office Building

Location

Salinas, CA

Project Type

Working with Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System, WRD Architects created a state-of-the-art medical office building that is home to the largest private primary care physicians’ group in Monterey County. The 45,000-square-foot facility transformed a vacant three-acre lot into a fully landscaped property, which now includes an underground 16,000-cubic-foot stormwater treatment system.

The two-story building includes a large covered entry with an atrium lobby, roof deck, and outdoor seating. Inside, an innovative floor plan consisting of sky-lit nurses’ station modules ringed with exam rooms efficiently links patient care areas with laboratory facilities, conference rooms, and treatment areas.

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Move Studios

Move Studios

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

With the help of a visionary owner and the City of Monterey, the dilapidated historic Union Ice facility at 600 East Franklin Street was transformed into Move Studios, a state-of-the-art dance and movement center.

As designed by WRD Architects, the newly restored buildings feature high ceilings, abundant natural light, traditional basket-woven sprung floors, spacious reception areas, and six uniquely-designed studios to accommodate the diverse dance styles taught within the 8,000-square-foot space.

As both a building owner and a dancer who learned ballet while living in France, Monterey-born Kristin Minnich realized her dream of creating a vibrant dance studio to inspire teens and adults. Her direct involvement with flooring, finishes, lighting and audio selections resulted in a unique, high-performance space designed by a dancer for dancers.

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Café Trieste

Café Trieste

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects worked closely with the property owner and the City of Monterey to remodel a fire-damaged historic building with existing restaurant use on the ground floor and offices on the second floor.

A change of use was approved to convert the second floor to residential units, and WRD designed three upscale apartments consisting of two studio units and a single one-bedroom unit. The ground floor was reconfigured to accommodate a new commercial restaurant tenant, Café Trieste. The facade remodel restored the building’s original character through the use of color and materials that showcase its historic Victorian detailing.

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Holman Building

Holman Building

Location

Pacific Grove, CA

Project Type

Built in 1924, the Holman Building has seen a myriad of uses: the most famous being Holman’s Department Store, which was immortalized in John Steinbeck’s book “Cannery Row.” Over the years, the building was remodeled with disregard to its past and ultimately fell upon serious disrepair. WRD Architects was selected to renovate the building and restore it to its former glory.  The building includes 25 luxury condominiums on the upper floors, with a ground-floor restaurant and basement-level parking garage.

The redesign includes the reinstallation of the original three-part Chicago-style windows with large fixed-center panels flanked by two smaller double-hung sash windows.  The historic grid pattern of windows on the facade is continued around the entire building with added balconies, which showcase stunning bay and mountain views.  The facade is now restored to match the detailing from the 1920’s with its original beauty and glamour.

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Wine Experience

Wine Experience

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

With a 1,500-square-foot tenant space near the Monterey Plaza Hotel, WRD Architects was able to create a vibrant and inviting space highlighting an innovative wine concept bar. The space is split into two distinct areas; an industrial workspace for blending different varietals of wine and a lounge and bar area for parties and casual conversation.

The back wall of the bar is made of reclaimed wood staves from used wine barrels and original barrel heads were customized with a wine-tap system for patrons. The bar is curved stainless steel evoking the feel of chardonnay fermentation tanks. The incorporation of LED lighting controls and digital control solutions support the dynamic environment’s needs.

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Water + Leaves

Water + Leaves

Location

Monterey, CA

Project Type

WRD Architects worked with a visionary owner to create a contemporary space for the first specialty tea and coffee shop on Monterey’s Fishermans Wharf.

The client’s passion for tea inspired the design process. Four high performance digital tea steepers maintain the optimal temperature, pressure and timing for each variety of tea. Several varieties of raw, local honey are displayed in six giant dispensers behind the counter.

The cafe’s commitment to sustainable, organic practices is reflected in the design. The exposed ceiling features natural wood while the new balcony addition and glass doors leading to it provide a clear, uninhibited view of the Monterey Bay. A mural near the balcony connects the Bay’s fishing industry with the owner’s own extended family.

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