Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Public Health
Los Angeles, California
New Construction, Outpatient, Design-Build, LEED Gold
The image of a beacon–a source of guidance, help, and welcome–inspired the form of the Center for Public Health. The design provides the highest quality of patient care in a compassionate, culturally competent, state-of-the-art facility, and offers a strong sense of community within the dynamic and flexible spaces of the building.
Pre-cast panels and glass create a lively, sophisticated building envelope. A bold canopy and wide glass doors open onto the pedestrian plaza, which can be used as an outdoor space for health fairs and other community activities. Public views and access to the fitness park extend the theme of health and wellness into the community. With its contemporary architectural presence, the building is leading the way in repositioning the entire MLK medical district. By using tilt-up construction for the building frame and fast-track incremental permitting, the team was able to complete the project in 11 months, including design.