The Client (Fillmore Raymond MOB, LLC) built a 70,000 square-foot medical building by midsummer 2008. The building has a complete orthopedic surgery center, with room to grow. If that wasn’t enough of a challenge, the project is also located immediately adjacent to a light-rail transit stop, providing park-and-ride spaces for 160 transit users plus an additional 340 parking spaces. The development is located at the heart of the Pasadena Fair Oaks specific plan district, an area focusing on bio-tech and hospital facility. The site itself is about 1.5 acres in an extended rectangular shape, providing challenges and opportunities for the design.

ONYX designed a Mediterranean style three-story building in the tradition of the nearby Caltech university campus providing at once a link to Pasadena’s technological past, and the promise of the future. The bulk and banality of the parking garage that must serve the medical building as well as the transit users is transformed by the use of street level  retail spaces culminating in a transit plaza at the side of the site adjacent to the transit stop. Street-facing courtyards, mosaic tile installations, intricate trellises, and ornate ironwork bring detail to the increased pedestrian activity of the area. Landscaping is designed to provide an interesting buffer between the project and the transit line. Inside the medical building, a state-of-the-art operating theater, CAT scan facilities, an orthopedic medical clinic, as well as full rehabilitative therapy facility are provided.

PRINCIPAL | Dale Brown

DESIGN LEAD | Douglas D. Joyce III