Moon Mayoras was hired to design the Grossmont Spring Valley Health Center, which included parking accommodations for approximately 50 vehicles, 12 examination rooms, one procedure room, a lab/specimen-drawing area, outpatient registration, and offices/support spaces. The facility features a primary care clinic adjacent to an entry/pedestrian atrium, which also serves as a vertical element to segregate the clinic from the public waiting, registration, and play areas. The atrium features not only public spaces, but also an interior garden, which symbolically serves as a transitional space from the public (waiting/registration) to the private (clinic) spaces. The profusion of indirect natural light in the atrium and waiting areas, and the expansive window to the south, create a sense of well-being through the use of healing environmental elements.
The primary design challenge for this 8,000-square-foot medical center was the creation of a neighborhood presence. Moon Mayoras overcame this obstacle by maintaining somewhat neutral street views to both Jamacha Road and Helix Street and tying them to a more playful “internal” experience onsite.