Monterey, California


Despite their amazing advances, most hospitals today still fail to make patients feel relaxed, or at times even human. One visionary hospital that long ago challenged that shortcoming is a midcentury masterpiece by Edward Durell Stone: The Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, or as it is fondly called by locals, CHOMP. Stone’s Wrightian, ornamented-white-concrete Modernist structure, with its focus on natural light and views of the surrounding landscape of Monterey Pines overlooking the Pacific, was completed in 1962. The low-lying, orthogonal-planned complex has landscaped courtyards, a central fountain court, overhanging roof planes for shade, single-occupancy rooms with large windows overlooking the landscape, and large skylights, all bucking the then-emerging trend of new hospital towers and focusing on context rather than maximizing interior space. The hospital has undergone several small interventions and expansions, but almost 50 years after its opening, it needed a major update in size and technology. Following an extensive interview process, the hospital’s board chose HOK’s Los Angeles office for the task, asking the firm to maintain the character of the original design, which patients and the community have come to cherish.

HOK’s $170 million addition to the hospital consists of about 200,000 square feet of new construction and 90,000 square feet of renovated space. New spaces are complete, while the renovations will continue until 2010. Three-story additions include the Forest Pavilion, a new patient wing projecting north on the site of the hospital’s former rose garden; the South Pavilion, a new diagnostic and treatment wing (containing a new ICU, emergency departments, cath labs, and imaging) to the south, on the site of the former doctors’ parking lot and support structures; and a new, three-level underground parking-garage area, nicknamed the “garage mahal,” under the renovated and expanded main entrance area. Existing spaces undergoing renovation include the hospital’s cafeteria, imaging facilities, cath labs, administrative offices, a meditation room, a new cardiopulmonary department, a rehab gym, and service and support spaces.

The firm’s major challenge was maintaining the Zen-like peacefulness and iconic design of a complex that has become a fixture in the community while carrying out such an extensive enlargement and modernization and adhering to the incredibly strict regulations of the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD).

The new complex is most notable for how it blends in. While updated with the latest technologies, the plan, massing, and scale of the new buildings are almost identical to those of the original buildings. To add space without altering the horizontal nature of the complex, the firm excavated one to two levels down on both ends of the hospital, aligning the new buildings with the old. Maintaining low ceiling heights while fitting new HVAC and electrical systems also required innovative rerouting. Main ducts skip the building’s middle level, which is instead fed via smaller branch ducts from the other floors.


Community Hospital Foundation

9530 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
PH: 310-838-9555
Fax: 310-838-9586

Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Project Director: William Roger, AIA

Project Designer: Ernest Cirangle, AIA; Paul Nagashima, AIA

Project Manager: Paul Morgan, AIA

Project Architect: Paul Morgan, AIA

Project Interior Designer: Barbara Ostroff, CID

Interior designer:
9530 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
PH: 310-838-9555
Fax: 310-838-9586

Structural Engineer:
KPFF (LA) – Mike Dygean, Dani Paxson

Mechanical Engineer:
Syska Hennessy (LA) – Bill Scrantom, Paul Dong, Al Saez

List Engineering (Monterey) – Ron Blue

Electrical Engineer:
Silverman & Light (Oakland) - Chuck Silverman, Mike Gill, Paul Woycheshin

Landscape Architect:
Bellinger Foster Steinmetz (Monterey) – Mike Bellinger

Civil Engineer:
Whitson Engineers (Monterey) – Ken Whitson

Fire/Life Safety consultant:
Schirmer Engineering (LA) – Ed Fixen, Tuk Vorapani

Food Service:
Robert Rippe & Assoc. (Minneapolis) – Robert Rippe, Christine Guyott, Rich Kukla

Vantage Technology (LA) – Phil Crompton, Michael Witecki

TRC-EASI (LA) – Jim Black

Laura Hogan Design (Oakland) – Laura Hogan

Radiation Protection:
Therapy Physics (LA) – Melissa Martin

ECSI (Virginia) – Frank Erbschloe

Newson Brown Acoustics (LA) – Martin Newson

Materials Management:
The Schachinger Group (Virginia) – Ed Schachinger

General contractor:
Otto Construction (Sacramento)

President:  Mike Feuz

Project Manager: Matt Bouquet

Superintendent: Dennis Buskirk

Lawrence Anderson
Paul Turang

CAD system, project management, or other software used:
AutoCAD 2002 – 2006
MS Project



Structural system

Cast in place reinforced concrete

Exterior cladding:
Concrete: Granite Rock

GFRC Wall panels: Dura Art Stone,

Single Ply: GenFlex

Steel: Curries (built-up hollow metal)

Aluminum: Kawneer

Glass: French Glass/Signature Glass; Firelite (Techincal Glass Products)

Skylights: Kawneer

Entrances: Kawneer

Metal doors: Curries

Wood doors: Buell Door Co.

Fire-control doors, security grilles: Cookson

Special doors (sound control, X-ray, etc.): Nelco

Locksets: Schlage

Hinges: Architectural Builders Hardware

Closers: Norton

Exit devices: Von Duprin

Pulls: Architectural Builders Hardware

Security devices: Von Duprin

Cabinet hardware:    Sugatsune

Interior finishes:
Acoustical ceilings: Armstrong

Suspension grid: Chicago Metallic

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Mission Bell

Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams

Wallcoverings: Maharam – Whirlwind

Paneling: Natural Cherry Veneer

Plastic laminate: Formica

Special surfacing: Zodiac Quartz

Floor and wall tile: Patient, Staff & Public Restrooms

Resilient flooring: Forbo Linoleum, VCT, Altro

Carpet: Custom Rugs – Decorative Carpets

Raised flooring: Tate Access Floors

Office furniture: Herman Miller Ethospace

Waiting Area Furniture: Maguire – Antalya
Knoll – Divina

Tables: Maguire – Antalya


Upholstery: Knoll, Maharam, Glant

Other furniture:
Nurse Stations: Herman Miller Customized Ethospace