Designed by Moon Mayoras with structural engineering performed by Degenkolb Engineers, The Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria, California, was awarded the 2012 Structural Engineering Merit Award in the Large Project Category by the Structural Engineers Association of San Diego (SEAOSD). An authoritative world leader in structural and earthquake engineering, SEAOSD recognizes association members each year that have demonstrated outstanding achievement in creative design, technical innovation, best practices, and demonstrated contributions to the public and/or the profession through project work. Recipients of the Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards serve as models of excellence in structural engineering representing local structural engineers.
The four-story expansion to Marian Regional Medical Center replaces outdated patient rooms that were more than 40 years old, semi-private, and in desperate need of replacement and provides 181 state-of-the-art inpatient beds. In addition to increased capacity, the expansion also replaces outdated pharmacy and nutritional services, and allows Marian to double their current emergency department (ED) capacity with a new ED. MMA also incorporated owner initiatives into the hospital design to enhance elements that promote a therapeutic healing environment, patient safety, and sustainable design.
The dramatic building exterior was influenced by the indigenous California Mission Style prevalent in Santa Maria and along California’s central coast. The main entrance is expressed through two monumental towers that rise above the four-story facade and articulate the primary facility access.
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