SANTA ROSA, CA-Construction on the state-of-the-art, $284 million Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa (SMCSR) replacement hospital recently reached 70% completion, indicating that it is on schedule to meet its targeted opening date of October 2014.

Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers, the 182,300-square-foot project uses an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) process, a streamlined design and construction method based on the collaboration of architects, contractors and owners, designed to reduce costs and improve efficiencies as the project is under construction. The project, once completed, will become an anchor for the Santa Rosa community, utilizing the most advanced building technologies available to set a new standard for excellence in patient care in the area. 

“Change is inevitable with healthcare construction in California,” said Greg Osecheck, AIA, principal-in-charge of the project in HGA’s Sacramento office. “The IPD process is allowing the team to better work together in order to coordinate the work in a smooth and reliable flow.  Building Information Modeling is also contributing in allowing quicker coordination and better outcomes. The efforts of this IPD team are really beginning to show.”

Working closely with Unger Construction and Sutter Health, HGA designed this 84-bed, acute-care facility to offer the best possible patient experience. A particularly notable feature of this new medical center will be the hybrid operating room – a type of surgical theater with advanced imaging equipment – which will provide the latest innovation in surgical technology to offer excellence in patient care. Additionally, the private patient rooms, reduced noise levels and soothing finishes inspired by the Sonoma regional landscape will provide a peaceful feeling for patients during the healing process.

Designed to target LEED Silver certification, the SMCSR project features several integrated sustainability strategies including a construction waste management program to recycle at least 75% of all construction and demolition waste; an advanced building management system which can monitor and control humidity, air flow and exterior lighting; and efficient landscaping irrigation technology with bioswales – landscaping elements used to remove silt and pollution from runoff water – and catch basins on site.

SMCSR joins a number of other HGA-designed sustainable facilities in California, such as the Barlow Respiratory Hospital just outside of Downtown Los Angeles and the Riverside County Regional Medical Center in Moreno Valley.


Features of the 182,300-square-foot, two-story, 84-bed hospital include:


·         Family Birthing Center with 10-bed LDR unit with, 20-bed post-partum unit and 12-bed Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

·         300-square-foot family sleep room with hotel-like accommodations

·         40-bed Medical/Surgical unit

·         12-bay Emergency Department with helipad

·         24-bed observation unit

·         Six operating rooms, including orthopedic and cardiac surgery services

·         10-bed post-anesthesia care unit (PACU)

·         12-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

·         Meditation room and gardens

·         Imaging Department

·         Helistop

·         Diagnostic treatment block


HGA is an integrated architecture, engineering and planning firm that helps prepare its clients for the future. With offices in Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Los Angeles, San Francisco and Sacramento, California; and Washington, DC, the nationally recognized firm has developed expertise in the healthcare, corporate, arts, community, higher education, and science/technology industries since 1953.

Since its establishment in 1927, Unger Construction Co. has consistently been a leader in providing client-focused construction services throughout Northern California. Our success in maintaining a high level of customer service in our work has led to client satisfaction and loyalty that is uncommon in our industry. It also has motivated us to continuously improve our technical skills, collaborative processes, and operational efficiency in order to meet ever-increasing competition
and client expectations.

Providing care in over 100 Northern California communities, Sutter Health enhances the well-being of people in the communities we serve through a not-for-profit commitment to compassion and excellence in health care services. Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa has a long history in Sonoma County dating back to 1866 when the first hospital was opened. In 1996, Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa became an affiliate of Sutter Health.