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West Berkeley Family Practice, Berkeley, CA

West Berkeley Family Practice has been situated in a landmarked historical building with a small added clinical space since the 1980s. Over time this community clinic has outgrown the building and clinical areas have become outmoded; modernization and added space are essential to maintain the program. Because the existing historical building is centrally located and welcoming with generous and well detailed spaces rarely it was decided to renovate the building and add a new 12,000 square foot clinic; JSWD was asked to serve as design architect for the project.

Our goal was to visually distinguish the addition from the original building, complementing but not compromising the historic design. Given the very small site we decided to locate a three story structure where the single level clinic now stands; this positions the tall form behind and apart from the existing steeply sloped roof. A lower two story wing replaces a storage container along one side of the entry court, helping to define a welcoming space. Each floor of the new structure will now house a clinical service group; reception and waiting areas will be located in the refurbished historic building along with administrative functions and community spaces.

Phase I in design development.


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