Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego has officially welcomed its newest outpatient pediatric care facility in the Riverside County community of Murrieta, California. The newly opened Rady Children’s Medical Plaza offers pediatric services including primary care, subspecialty care, developmental services and specialized programs for children on the autism spectrum. The Design-Build team of McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. and Stantec delivered the 62,500-square-foot facility.
Rady Children’s Medical Plaza is a welcoming and accessible building designed to serve the growing population of southwest Riverside County. The three-story building sits on a four-acre site and contains an outpatient healthcare facility with surface parking, including patient drop-off configuration to support medical clinic use. The center’s multi-specialty pediatric clinics include allergy and asthma, cardiology, orthopedics, ENT, ophthalmology, gastroenterology, behavioral and developmental health and a physical therapy gym, as well as pediatric primary care and, in the near future, urgent care. A toddler preschool and inclusion center integrates children on the autism spectrum into a licensed preschool facility that includes a secured, exclusive-use exterior playground and has two classrooms and developmental evaluation space. The day school and its playground are designed to be an engaging, joyful place that supports learning through play and provides a therapeutic environment for physical, cognitive and socio-emotional development.
With healthcare needs, care patterns and technology rapidly changing, the building is designed to efficiently support a variety of clinic types and allow for the easy reconfiguration of spaces as needs change in the future. The building’s design features open entry spaces, natural lighting and vibrant and inviting interior spaces, as well as a hot air balloon motif that brings a sense of the local culture to the facility. The building design includes considerations for noise, views and daylight to ensure patient comfort. A consistent, warm palette of materials were selected for durability, easy maintenance, sustainability, infection control, support for indoor air quality and acoustical control, with LEED certification pending.