The architect has designed a new eyecare facility for the Southern California College of Optometry, one of the top teaching facilities in the nation that provides patient care in a learning environment for students. The new facility provides state-of-the-art technology for patient examination and treatment for primary-care functions, as well as a wide degree of COST PER SQ FT$144.00FEATURED IN2007 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYVocational/Industrial arts including pediatrics, vision training, ocular disease and contact lens. The facility also includes a complete laser surgery center, research and testing facilities, and a retail component for an optical dispensary that provides glasses and contact lenses to the public.
The design team created a new front door providing ease of access for patients as well as students and doctors. Despite a constrained project budget, the design successfully blends the concrete aesthetic of the 1960s-70s campus with a modern solution. The project finishes consist of exterior plaster to mimic the look of poured-in-place concrete, a two-story aluminum curtainwall with aluminum canopy entry, and the existing concrete tilt-up panel with new punched window openings.
The addition is a three-story, steel-framed building connected to the existing clinic building on the second level. Level one contains an entrance lobby, three conference rooms and restroom facilities; level two is the main waiting area for the clinic; and level three houses the laser surgery center. The approximate total gross square footage for the addition is 10,110 square feet, with renovation of 26,098 square feet of the existing shell.