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Student Health and Counseling Center, Concept Study
Riverside, CA
Heart, mind, and spirit.
Concept in a campus context.
Wellness Integrated with surrounding campus and nature
The design concept was developed through a comprehensive analysis of architectural options and builds on the relationship between health and physical space to streamline operations; enrich user experience; and improve outcomes for healthcare delivery. Every aspect of the design reflects a holistic approach to mind, body, and spirit.

A distinctive approach, entry, image, and experience builds a sense of community among patients and clinicians. Private and secure staff entries to the department, separate from the public, are easily accessible. The discrete public entry gives students the confidence to enter and take advantage of services so that wellness is integrated into their daily lives. The reception opens to garden views, providing users with opportunities to relieve stress and anxiety.

Providing opportunities for connection to the outdoors and nature is a key feature of the design and furthers the heart, mind, spirit connections. The concept is designed in an immersive healing garden that engages all five senses, connects people to the unique ecology surrounding the building, and features the healing properties of native desert plants. Everyone who enters the site would be welcomed by gardens as they move to the building entries. The healing qualities of these spaces would provide a soothing calmness that is both therapeutic as well as relaxing, designed to take advantage of a moderate or warm climate.

Informed by solar and wind analysis, the concept would be oriented so the building and major gathering spaces in the landscape would optimize human comfort and create comfortable microclimates throughout the site.
Results
The overarching concept for our SHCC design evolves around the notion of “Wellness in the Garden”.
The design builds on the relationship between health and physical space to streamline operations and enrich the user experience.
The clinics are embedded in nature.
The building entrances are highly visible, accessible, and encourage intuitive wayfinding.
The iconic roof line is visible from afar and announces the concept as a place of comfort and wellness.
The concept achieves LEED Silver with aspiration of LEED Gold and WELL™ Building Standard concepts.
Integrated and effective use of daylighting.
Biophilic features in the main lobby and reception areas.
Project Data
Student Health and Counseling Center 2020-06935-000
Concept Study
Riverside, California
PROJECT SCOPE
Conceptual Design
HED ROLE
Architecture (Full Service)
RSF/GSF
38,500
CONSTRUCTION COST
WND
SUSTAINABILITY LEVEL
    Designed to LEED Silver
Project Team
  • Martha Ball
    FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Market Sector Leadership
  • Grace Milenkov
    Associate
    Market Sector Leadership
  • Michael Bulander
    AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Principal
    Architecture Leader
  • Niloufar Golkar
    Design
  • Hue Eryigit
    Design
  • Yi-Hsiu (Elsa) Liu
    Interior Design
  • Samantha Aisawa
    Design
  • Nikhita Sapuram
    LEED Green Assoc.
    Design
  • Bruce Macpherson
    AIA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Market Sector Leadership
  • Patricia (Patsy) Shigetomi
    AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
    Principal
    Market Sector Leadership
Concept in a campus context.
Student Health and Counseling Center, Concept Study
Riverside, CA
PROJECT DATA
PROJECT TEAM
Heart, mind, and spirit.