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Mills Peninsula Hospital

Built to withstand a major seismic event while providing patient comfort and safety

  • 450K

    Square Feet

  • 241

    Patient Beds

  • 100%

    Outside Air

  • Burlingame, California

    Burlingame, California

A mission to save lives, heal illness, and promote wellness

When Sutter Health needed to build a new hospital near the San Andreas fault line, a hotspot of seismic activity, the medical center challenged us to help them fulfill their mission to save lives, heal illness, and promote wellness—all while staying operational after a major earthquake. Our design for the hospital blends advanced seismic technology with patient and family centered care. Thanks to the Friction Pendulum isolator system, the first in use at a hospital in California, the building will gently sway during an earthquake. We’ve made sure the hospital will be helping people long into the future.

Visitors are welcomed into a light filled lobby and art gallery, calming spaces that resemble a hotel. Outside, multiple healing gardens connect visitors to nature and provide needed respite, aiding in the healing process. The building does its part to heal the environment, as well. It uses 100 percent outside air, which helps control infection. A rigorous analysis of energy usage and lifecycle costs helped us design a building that uses a third less energy than other California hospitals—all while saving more than $15 million over the next 25 years.  

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  • Sutter Health
Meet Our Team

Annie Coull, Senior Architect, Healthcare

Healthcare architecture is the result of a perfect fusion of the ordinary and extraordinary, and this is manifested most creatively in environments for children.

Annie  Coull

Senior Architect, Healthcare

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