Tours: Rancho Los Amigos
February 21, 2018, 4:30-6:30PM
7601 Imperial Highway | Downey, CA 90242

AIA|LA Healthcare Committee & Interior Architecture Committee Present:

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center Outpatient Building and Existing Hospital Expansion Tour


1.5 Health|Safety|Welfare Learning Units !

When: Wednesday, February 21, 2018 at 4:30-6:30PM
Where: 7601 Imperial Highway | Downey, CA 90242

Designed by: SmithGroupJJR
Tour Led by: SmithGroupJJR & Taylor Design
Reception Hosted by: SmithGroupJJR

Tickets: $25 for AIA Members, $35 for non-members

Register Below.

The Founded in 1888, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center provides care to approximately 4,000 inpatients and handles 71,000 outpatients per year. Inspired by the rich history of Rancho Los Amigos—including its roots in agriculture and hand crafted art therapy witch became synonymous with the hospital—Spanish mission planning and building elements are reimagined for the 21st Century. Marking the new main entry is an iconic tower that recalls the historic Harriman Building and is the focal point of a new main plaza. An undulating perforated metal scrim drapes the buildings and unifies the new buildings with the existing hospital structure. White massing with copper-colored building elements serve as references to white adobe and terracotta roof tiles of traditional Spanish revival architecture on campus. The design draws from the elliptical quadrangles or plazas of classical campuses and cities, creating a series of soft looping paths and interconnected gardens that weave through the facility, providing an ideal setting for therapeutic activities and community events. Recognizing that mobility needs to be unencumbered for physical rehabilitation, clear sightlines, wayfinding and navigation are at the design’s core. The architecture and landscape celebrates the area’s mild climate; aids in healing and characterizes the open and accepting culture of Rancho. Materiality, looping paths, landscaping, and finishes are a firm nod to the multicultural strands in this community.

The projects are being delivered by a design/build team selected by the county by a design competition in 2015. This project is the first phase of a multi-phase master plan implementation project for the campus. This phase of work consists of 4 buildings, including a Warehouse Building and Wellness Center, both of which were completed in 2016. The 3-story, 114,000sf Outpatient Building houses a conference center, rehabilitation services, a pharmacy, clinics and administrative offices and is connected to the main hospital through a new 46,000sf addition housing support services, radiology, a surgery suite and a 12-bed ICU in three floors and a basement level.

The program will focus on the Outpatient and Hospital Expansion buildings/ The projects are seeking LEED for Healthcare and LEED BD+C certifications utilizing a master site designation.


• Understand the design/build partnership delivery method as it relates to healthcare projects 
• Understand the unique aspects of rehabilitation center design and planning 
• Explore strategies for achieving LEED Certification for complex, campus healthcare projects with a Master Site designation 
• Analyze design features intended to meet the needs of an at-risk population while maintaining project & scope constraints


Brandon R. Guzman, AIA- Principal, SmithGroupJJR

Brandon R. Guzman, AIA, IIDA, EDAC, LEED AP ID+C, has over 20 years of experience in designing inspiring interior environments. He has experience with an array of project types including Commercial, Healthcare, Science and Technology and Higher Education facilities. His portfolio includes award-winning designs and published works that are rooted in his overall approach to design, one that looks for inspiration in unexpected places such as fashion, music and art. These alternative sources are often the spark that supports a strong design concept. He also firmly believes that architectural design can be an integral part of an overall branding strategy. Many of his clients have a strong brand component associated with their organization and he does his best to support those ideals through the architectural response. His work often elevates the brand beyond the client’s expectations. Brandon is an Architect and Principal in SmithGroupJJR’s Los Angeles office.

Brenna Costello, AIA- Principal, SmithGroupJJR

Brenna Costello has focused her career on the planning and design of advanced rehabilitation facilities including the world-class National Intrepid Center of Excellence; inpatient rehabilitation facilities at Craig Hospital, Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, the National Rehabilitation Hospital and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center; and polytrauma centers at the VA San Antonio Medical Center and VA Palo Alto Medical Center. Brenna graduated from Clemson University’s Masters of Architecture + Health program and was the 2016 recipient of the Building Design + Construction 40-Under-40 award as well as the 2012 Emerging Professionals Award from the American Institute of Architects.

Nathan Woods, CCCA, LEED AP- Associate, Taylor Design

Nathan has over 28 years of professional architecture experience and 15 years dedicated to Construction Administration. Nathan’s expertise includes a diverse range of project types including 10 years of multi-family residential, student housing, and educational facilities. He has proficiency with multiple delivery methods such as Design-Assist, Design-Build, Design-Bid-Build, and Multi-Prime Project Delivery. In his role as Senior Construction Administrator, he manages multiple capital projects while providing guidance and support to all project teams during the CA process. In addition to maintaining healthy client relationships, his in-house duties include developing, training, and implementing the tools, forms, procedures and practice guidelines for staff performing construction administration while also providing leadership as the Director of Taylor Design’s internal Quality Management team.

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