LANCASTER – City officials Thursday announced the construction of the largest medical office facility to date in the City of Lancaster—Kaiser Permanente’s Medical Office Building.
“Today marks a huge day in our history for a number of reasons,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris. “This much-needed facility will go a long way toward improving the health of the entire Antelope Valley region. In addition, we are pleased to announce that with the construction of this new facility, Kaiser Permanente joins the City of Lancaster in our goal to become the Alternative Energy Capital of the World.”
Once completed, the 136,000-square-foot facility will house 66 provider offices, three major procedure rooms, a chemotherapy and non-chemotherapy infusion center, imaging, lab draw, and an outpatient pharmacy.
The building, located at Avenue L and 5th Street West, is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in late 2014.
Quite a number of “firsts” are being achieved with the construction of this facility, as it’s the first Kaiser Permanente building to implement a sustainable energy design. In addition, it is the first Kaiser Permanente building to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. This will also be the first Kaiser Permanente building to utilize solar water heating; integrate design with energy models; and utilize reclaimed water to operate building fixtures as well as for landscape irrigation.
The building’s configuration and orientation takes full advantage of the prevailing climate and wind conditions of the Antelope Valley. The facility will also house a courtyard healing garden for patients and staff.
“We appreciate all the support from the City of Lancaster and community on this project. This is a very exciting time for Kaiser Permanente and the community. Once completed, this building will be a great compliment to our already existing offices in Lancaster and Palmdale,” said Kaiser Permanente Antelope Valley Chief Administrative Officer Linda J. Lawson, RN, MSN.
“With more than half a million square feet of commercial and industrial space currently under construction, including the Kaiser Permanente, City of Hope, Marriott and Morton Manufacturing projects, we are seeing the fruits of our ongoing business-friendly efforts,” concluded Vice Mayor Crist. “We will continue to encourage public-private partnerships, cut through bureaucratic ‘red tape,’ and proactively pave the way for future growth in our City.”
(Information via press release from the city of Lancaster.)