Rancho Los Amigos Wins 2021 AIA Healthcare Design Award
This is the 14th design award the Rancho Los Amigos project has received in the past six years
Irvine, Calif. (July 19, 2021) — Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center has been awarded a National Healthcare Design Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Only six projects received this year’s award, which recognizes the best new healthcare buildings around the world. The design-build team of Taylor Design, SmithGroup and McCarthy Building Companies collaborated with the Los Angeles Department of Public Works on the $418 million campus revitalization that began in 2015.
« “This project hits all of the bases, and the solution is energetic and uplifting.” – Jury comment »
Founded in the late 19th century, Rancho Los Amigos has long been a premier rehabilitation center for adult and pediatric patients recovering from life-altering spinal cord and brain injuries, strokes, and physical and developmental disorders. Owned and operated by Los Angeles County, the center offered world-class treatment that was dampened by its inefficient layout of outdated single-story buildings scattered across the 212-acre campus. This project has radically transformed the center, bringing it in line with the ideals of a holistic and human-centered rehabilitation process.
The design team was charged with shaping both a master plan and design for the campus, with holistic recovery at its core. The new facility works as an indoor/outdoor recovery zone, smudging the lines between interior and exterior spaces so that rehabilitation can spill beyond the hospital walls, a significant benefit for patients who may be spending months or years in recovery. Expansive, dual-purpose outdoor rooms surrounded by healing gardens, terraces, and amphitheaters replace old concrete parking lots. The facility also includes a new wellness center, modernized hospitals, and a three-story outpatient center that has consolidated all ambulatory services under one roof for the first time.
« “I can imagine how delightful it would be to receive rehab services in this facility and on this delightful, well-integrated campus. Much of the design success of the project is a result of how interwoven the spaces are with each other, the extensive natural light, and how successfully the lines are blurred between inside and outside.” – Jury comment »
About Taylor Design: Taylor Design is a strategy-based design firm with practices in Architectural Design, Interior Design, Planning and Design Strategy. The firm has five offices across California. Since 1979, Taylor Design has built a national reputation in the healthcare, science & technology, higher education, and senior living sectors. Taylor Design works with clients to discover, develop, and design solutions for the built environment. Clients include Kaiser Permanente; UC Davis; UC San Francisco; Stanford University; SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; UC Berkeley; San Mateo County; Scripps Health, San Diego; UC San Diego Health System, San Diego; Sharp HealthCare; UC Irvine Health, Orange County; Hoag Health Network, Orange County; as well as others throughout California. For more information on the firm, please visit www.WeAreTaylor.com