Architects and brokers are betting big on healthcare design

The pandemic has caused a surge in demand for facilities with a focus on healthcare and wellness, prompting a local design firm to increase its offerings in these segments.

Based in Newport Beach H. Hendy Associates expanded its health and wellness studio for clients inside and outside of Orange County.

Veteran healthcare interior designer Kong Nguyen was chosen to run the studio, which currently has about six H. Hendy employees. This workforce is expected to increase to 10 to 15 employees in the future.

“We’ve always had a health component to our business with talented designers, so our goal is to enhance that success by focusing more on the sector, as we see an increase in demand across the board,” Nguyen said. at the Business Journal.

Recently completed projects for the studio include a renovation of Southern California Easterthe 40,000 square foot Disability Services Center in Irvine and a redesign of Metagenics Inc.head office in Aliso Viejo.

“Customers are looking for new and improved spaces for their patients and employees,” Nguyen said.

Healthy demand

Wellness isn’t just a priority for healthcare customers, with many employers looking to invest in healthier, lifestyle-focused spaces as the workforce returns.

“Property owners and managers have been integrating health and wellness features into buildings for years, but COVID-19 has helped accelerate this trend and brought positive changes to the industry,” real estate investor based in Newport Beach KBS said in a blog post.

According to a global survey conducted by the United Nations Environment Program Finance Initiativethe Active Design Center and global real estate investment management advisor BentallGreenOak.

These healthier spaces include increased use of natural light and materials like wood and stone; furniture like standing desks or treadmills; and different color combinations that have been shown to reduce stress and increase productivity.

“It’s anything from air filtration to modern infrastructure to a more flexible layout that moves away from rigid design and improves the employee and patient experience,” said Nguyen.

Renovations in mind

As the construction industry faces supply chain issues and inflation issues, companies are choosing to renovate their spaces rather than build new ones, Nguyen notes.

“Clients want lower construction costs and a faster project schedule to avoid cost uncertainty,” Nguyen said.

These clients include top healthcare employers Hoag Memorial Presbyterian Hospital, Orange County City of Hope, Kaiser and Providenceas well as small independent medical practices.

“Everyone is looking to renovate their spaces to promote wellness and healing,” Nguyen said. “This request is not slowing down.”

Active development area

The healthcare sector has outperformed much of the commercial real estate industry over the past two years, with notable transaction volume and development projects underway locally.

Largest health care project underway locally is $1.3 billion UCI Health-Irvine medical complex on a 25 acre site at the northern end of the University of California, Irvine Campus.

The complex along Jamboree Road will include a 144-bed, 350,000-square-foot acute care hospital with an emergency room that will open in 2025, as well as the Joe C. Wen and Advanced Care Family Center with primary and specialized health services, a center for children’s health and the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and Outpatient Care building.

Elsewhere in town Large areas of the parkCity of Hope Orange County plans to unveil its new outpatient center for cancer research later this month.

The 190,000 square feet Lennar Foundation Cancer Center will serve as the City of Hope Orange County’s main building for research and clinical trials.

Along with the Lennar-backed medical practice, City of Hope is in the early stages of building a nearby 170,000 square foot cancer hospital, the first of its kind in Orange County.

This standalone facility is expected to open in 2025.

About 3 miles from the City of Hope project, Hoag plans to add many new facilities to its Irvine Hoag Hospital campus opened in 2010.

C&W acquisition

One of Orange County’s top real estate managers and business brokers is getting into the healthcare design market.

Irvine’s office of Cushman and Wakefield announced last month that it was expanding its healthcare project management services following the acquisition of the La Palma-based company Petra Integrated Construction Strategies LLC.

Cushman adds an eight-member project management team and some assets through its purchase of Petra, which designs, develops and manages healthcare facilities, primarily in California. Local clinics in Petra’s portfolio include St. Joseph’s Health locations in Irvine and Orange.

“This Petra team has a unique ‘patient care focus’ in complex acute care and ambulatory care environments in large and small healthcare systems,” said Brian Unglespresident of project and development services for the Americas at Cushman & Wakefield.

Abdul J. Gaspar