Providence Holy Cross Medical Center


North Building

Mission Hills, California

24,300 GSF, 2,257 M2

Architecture, Interior Architecture, Programming


Housing employee services, information technology and medical records, this hospital-based medical office was vital to day-to-day operations. Then, badly damaged by earthquake, the building needed replacement.

SmithgroupJJR's solution accomplished much more than mere replacement. The new North Building surpasses its predecessor by providing not only more effective operational resources, but also additional administrative space, a medical library, outpatient rehabilitation facilities and a 2,500-square-foot meeting hall. The simple, modern building added new complementary architecture to the campus, enhancing the character of the medical center even as the design called for use of common commercial construction systems to keep building costs low. The program also tailored interiors to specific occupant needs, and added a bright new lobby.

Notably, the new design also preserved something that the quake had created: the L-shaped plan offers a small, welcoming plaza, which effectively replaced the treasured grassy knoll created by the demolition of the damaged building, and that employees had begun to enjoy as informal outdoor meeting space.