Celebrating 60 Years of Excellence
in Architecture and Planning


RBB Achieved LEED Gold Certification
for 1937 VA Reno Hospital Building Renovation

June 2015

RBB completed the seismic upgrades of the original 1937 hospital wing, Building 1A, at the VA Medical Center Reno. This building was a fully occupied space, located at the main entrance to the campus. The 21,000 SF project includes interior tenant improvement, exterior building envelope improvements, new MEP systems, and accessibility upgrades. An entire new building entrance and remodeled lobby were required for ADA code compliance. Detailed phasing was planned for all construction to minimize disruption of services. The project received LEED Gold Certification this month.

UCSD Muir College Biology Labs
LEED Silver Certified

June 2015

RBB and DPR Construction completed the LEED Certified renovation of the Muir Biology Building laboratories. The scope includes complete renovation of 9,500 SF within a 1967 building. Upgrades to the research labs on the west wing of the third floor includes demolition of all partition walls, doors, flooring, casework and utilities. The space was reconfigured into an open lab divided into 5 units by partition walls and transom windows. Work included new fume hoods, casework, plumbing fixtures, electrical panel replacement, lighting and data upgrades and ADA compliance. The new labs support research in Cell and Developmental Biology; Ecology, Behavior and Evolution. It was incumbent upon the team to find meaningful ways in which to reduce the project’s energy usage. This need had to be balanced with the delicate needs of the University research needs. An energy model was recalibrated over multiple rounds of design to allow for the optimal interior lighting and thermal conditions required by the research users. We were able to optimize the conditions and reduce energy usage in selection of MEP equipment. Regarding materials selection to achieve LEED, interior renovation work faces a challenge in comparison to new construction. Prior to subcontractor selection, an analysis was run using average recycled material rates to identify the materials targeted to increase their recycled content. This pre-con analysis helped to ensure effective green material selection. RBB provided leadership in sustainable design measures to support UCSD's campus-wide commitment to the LEED program.

Groundbreaking Ceremony
for Orthopaedic Institute for Children
Featured L.A. Dodgers' Tommy Lasorda

May 2015

L.A. Dodgers icon, and children’s healthcare advocate Tommy Lasorda made a special appearance at the Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s (OIC) groundbreaking ceremony for $10 million, 13,000 square foot Ambulatory Surgery Center. The new OIC Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) designed by RBB Architects will be the L.A. region’s first stand-alone facility specifically dedicated to children's outpatient orthopaedic surgical care. With two operating rooms, and six pre- and post-surgery suites, the Center will help reduce surgery wait times for children in need of surgery. OIC is a world leader in pediatric orthopaedic care and research, and is renowned for treating the full spectrum of musculoskeletal disorders and injuries.

RBB will Serve as Campus Architect
for Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

May 2015

RBB Architects was contracted by Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital in Santa Clarita, California to serve a campus architect, providing planning and design for Master Plan Infill Projects. RBB kicked off a Master Plan validation effort this month to identify and prioritize the hospital's needs for upgrade work. Following this, and upon completion of the hospital's recent patient tower addition, the Infill Projects will address relocating services and renovating the remaining shell space. Future renovation projects may include expansion of the Emergency Department, Imaging Department, and Pharmacy.

Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital is a Henry Mayo is a 238-bed, full service, community hospital and trauma center.

RBB Selected by UCLA
for Bradley Commissary and DeNeve Kitchen Renovation

May 2015

RBB Architects was selected by UCLA for a two-part renovation project at the Bradley International Hall. The Bradley Hall Commissary Renovation will replace an existing catering kitchen of approximately 8,000 SF, and the DeNeve Bakery and Kitchen Renovation will reorganize 11,645 SF facility to accommodate an expanded bakery. The Bradley International Hall houses the Dashew Center for International Students and Scholars and the UCLA International Education Office. Facilities in the building include an international café, dance studio, computer labs, conference center, study rooms and UCLA’s catering operations. RBB has a long history of previous work with UCLA, including extensive renovations and consulting Architect services for the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

Energy Innovation Laboratory at Idaho National Laboratory,
A Design-Build Project, Achieves LEED Platinum

April 2015

As Design Architect, RBB provided planning and design for the 148,000 SF Innovative Energy Laboratory (EIL), a research and education building for the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratories in Idaho Falls.

The EIL project was commissioned to achieve LEED Gold certification, and exceeded expectations by meeting LEED Platinum criteria. The EIL is one of only 22 labs certified as Platinum, out of the 471 laboratories registered with the USGBC's LEED pipeline. From conceptual design, through the Design-Build delivery, all phases of the project focused on earning LEED credits. The open-floor design provides three stories of 127 flexible, reconfigurable labs as well as office, conference and meeting space. An efficient U-shaped plan maximizes the contiguous lab modules that have day lighting. The design-build team also incorporated research data on daylight models from the Montana State University's Integrated Design Lab. The labs' overall energy-efficient design, featuring high-performance lighting systems and controls, high-efficiency fume hoods, and significant heat recovery, led to a 49% reduction in energy use compared to conventional laboratory standards. In construction, the contractor, Ormond Builders, re-used or recycled 97% of construction waste EIL was constructed using at least 34 percent recycled materials, and 97 percent of the construction waste was reused, recycled or repurposed.

The new lab building is leased by the Batelle Energy Alliance for the research and development of sustainable, clean energy solutions, nuclear energy, and environmental sciences. The EIL is a collaborative, state of the future facility for INL researchers, visiting scientists, partners, students and conference participants.

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Energy Innovation Laboratory at Idaho National Laboratory
Winner of 2014 ENR Best of Best

April 2015

In the 2015 announcement of the 2014 Best of the Best Projects, Engineering News Record (ENR) stated the results were "the culmination of a seven-month effort put forth by dozens of industry judges and the ENR editorial team to identify the pinnacle of design and construction achievement in the U.S." Projects completed between June 2013 and 2014 qualified in a host of categories. The Energy Innovation Laboratory at the Department of Energy's INL campus won the National award in the "Greenest Project" category. The Battelle Energy Alliance nominated the project to ENR. RBB served as Design Architect for this Design-Build project delivery. The EIL was targeted to be LEED Gold certified from concept stage, under the leadership of Owner/Developer, REL Facilities, Inc., and contractor, Ormond Builders. With a creative design and construction team, the project earned LEEDv3-Platinum in 2014, (see above RBB News story).

The EIL project has also been awarded the National 2014 Go Beyond Award by the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories.

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Energy Innovation Laboratory at Idaho National Laboratory,
Awarded ENR Mountain States Best Green and Best Overall Project

April 2015

The Energy Innovation Laboratory (EIL) project was completed in late 2013, and won the 2014 ENR Mountain States Intermountain Best Green Project and Best Overall Project awards. RBB Architects served as the Design Architect in the design-build project delivery of this 148,000 SF lab building with Ormond Builders. The EIL is located on the fast growing INL research and education campus in Idaho Falls, and is leased to Batelle Energy Alliance. The open-space, flexible lab facility is designed for the research of sustainable, clean energy solutions, nuclear energy and related environmental sciences. From conceptual planning, the project design team targeted LEED Gold certification. By meeting and exceeding a high level of criteria for sustainability, the project achieved LEEDv3-Platinum in 2014 (see above RBB News story). The project was a Lease/Leaseback model, under the property Owner/Developer REL Facilities, LLC.


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RBB Celebrates Grand Opening
of Queenscare Family Health Center
in East Los Angeles

April 2015

The grand opening ceremony for the newest Queenscare community health center was held today in East Los Angeles. RBB provided planning, design and construction services for the two-story, 20,000 square foot Center, which will provide basic health services, OB/GYN, dental services and pediatric care. The family clinic serves LA residents in a low-income community who cannot afford healthcare insurance. The project was designed in the context of the neighborhood's cultural history, with a vibrant exterior color scheme, local artwork, and warm, non-institutional feel. This greenfield project is owned and operated by QueensCare, a local non-profit organization, and was partially funded by the federal Affordable Care Act.

NEVHC San Fernando Wellness Center Honored
by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal
Best Real Estate Award

March 2015

Recently completed in 2014, the new San Fernando Wellness Center operated by the North East Valley Healthcare Corporation has been recognized as an outstanding real estate contribution to the SFV community. The project is an expansion of the existing wellness center facility, more than doubling the size and capacity to provide patient services. This is the second consecutive year that RBB has been awarded a Best Real Estate Award by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. The awards banquet was held at the Universal Sheraton hotel.

Sylvia Botero, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP
Named President of RBB Architects Inc

January 2015

Sylvia Botero is the newly named President of RBB Architects Inc, replacing the recently retired Deneys Purcell. Ms. Botero has been a Principal and Sr. Vice President at RBB Architects for 14 years, and has worked at the firm for a total of 31 years. She has served as Principal Project Manager for award winning projects at Mission Hospital, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. She has also focused on the higher education arena in the past 15 years, including the Boise State University Environmental Research Building, six new buildings at the University of California Riverside, and numerous projects at the University of California Santa Barbara, University of California Los Angeles and the Claremont Colleges. Ms. Botero has expertise in management of all aspects of large, institutional projects from planning through design and construction. She is also former president of the AIA San Fernando Valley chapter.

Northeast Valley Health Corporation
San Fernando Wellness Center Completed

January 2015

The San Fernando Wellness Center addition, operated by Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC), will provide access to basic healthcare services for local families who can’t afford health insurance. This project includes a new 2-story, 10,000 square foot clinic that will serve at least 25,400 patients annually, offering primary care and women’s OB/GYN services. The addition features a conference room, offices, 11 exam rooms, a Women’s Health Suite with two private exam rooms, and parking for 115 cars. This project was partially federally funded through the Affordable Care Act.

The exterior design is based on the historic adobe style architecture of the San Fernando area. The design vocabulary is also complementary to the existing clinic building. Large windows on both floors enhance the Center's natural lighting, and a shaded courtyard creates a welcoming patio offering comfortable outdoor waiting space for patients and their families. Landscape design consists of highly sustainable, native low water plants. The interior design features desert colors, with locally themed artwork, and tile finishes. The result is a warm, relaxed environment that does not have an institutional feel.

Grand Opening for Mission Hospital
Neuroscience & Spine Institute

September 2014

Mission Hospital announced the opening of the Neuroscience and Spine Institute (NSI) located in the hospital's Acute Care Tower. The new NSI provides advanced care in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases of the brain and spine, including strokes, traumatic brain injuries, brain tumors, spinal cord injuries, Parkinson's disease, and behavioral and mental health disorders. RB's completion of the surgical level of Institute culminates the overall NSI facility. The floor features three state of the art operating rooms, private pre/post O.R. recovery rooms and a sterile processing center. This project supports the hospital's goal of providing neurological and neurosurgical centers of excellence, building on the expertise present among the Mission Hospital's founding physicians. Through an interactive "Wall of Knowledge" technology, the Institute also invites virtual collaboration among leading physicians worldwide to coordinate the best treatment strategies.

Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA is owned by St. Joseph Health System, a member of Covenant Health System. The project was managed by Petra Integrated Construction Systems, Inc. RBB has worked with Mission Hospital for many years, completing the award winning Acute Care Tower in 2010.

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RBB Recognized in ARCHITECT Magazine Top 50
Among Top Sustainable Firms and Top Businesses

September 2014

In its fifth year, ARCHITECT Magazine's 2014 Top 50 rankings have been announced in their September issue. RBB is proud to be included in this national listing of top quality firms, in both the Top Business category and Top Sustainable Firms category. ARCHITECT magazine's detailed survey profiles firms on more than just annual revenues. The Top 50 survey addressed firms' design practices, staff credentials, project achievements, and approach to staff education, sustainable design, and new technologies. This year, information was also gathered on how firms help interns gain licensure, through incentives and culture. As a result, the magazine has compiled a diverse listing of firms who demonstrate a commitment to quality design and to positive industry development. The Top 50 ranking "recognizes firms large and small, who are making their mark beyond just the ability to run a financially lucrative business."


RBB Ranked among BD&C 2014 Giants 300:
Top Healthcare Design Firm
Top BIM Firm
Top Reconstruction Sector Design Firm

August 2014

RBB Architects was once again recognized as a leader in architectural design, in the annual Building Design + Construction Giants 300 Report. BD+C's annual rankings also recognized RBB as a Top Healthcare Design Firm in the United States, Top BIM Design Firm for use of Building Information Modeling on its projects, and among the Top 100 within the Reconstruction Sector. “Our firm is proud to maintain a strong standing among the many talented, large firms across the U.S., particularly in the competitive market over the past few years. The accomplishment is a reflection of a dedicated staff,” said Deneys Purcell, president of RBB.

The annual BD+C Giants 300 Report ranks leading AEC firms based on revenue, with recognition in Market Sectors, green building work, BIM revenue, and more. To read the full report, please click here.

RBB Announces a Promotion
of Newest Associate, Brian Hughson

August 2014

Congratulations to RBB's newest Associate, Brian Hughson, promoted after nine years at RBB. Brian has made valued contributions on important projects such as the UCLA Medical Center Replacement Hospital, Hoag Hospital Ancillary Building, Hoag Hospital Imaging Center, QueensCare East Los Angeles Family Health Center, and the firms current work at Miller's Children's Hospital Long Beach. As a design professional who is highly proficient in Revit and BIM, Brian expanded responsibilities in 2014 include providing Revit support for all of RBB's design teams. He skillfully shares his BIM knowledge, coordinating with consultants to implement RBB's BIM Guidelines. He has also taken part in developing Intranet-based, paperless training tools for the firm. Brian is a graduate of Woodbury University.

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
New Emergency Department Opens Its Doors

August 2014

RBB has completed design and construction services for the state-of-the-art Emergency Department at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, now the only Level II trauma center on California's North Coast. The $16.4 million renovation and expansion was completed in three phases, within an occupied facility, while the hospital maintained ongoing emergency services. The new E.D. features 21 private beds, two enlarged trauma rooms and two larger cardiac/heart attack rooms with specialized, advanced equipment. Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital is owned by St. Joseph Health System, a long time health provider client of RBB Architects.

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The 30 Most Technically Advanced Hospitals in the World

July 2014

Top Masters in Healthcare Administration recently featured the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Dignity Health's Mercy San Juan Medical Center in Carmichael, CA among their top 30 hospitals to highlight facilities that utilize the latest in high-tech medical equipment and innovative healthcare.

The UCLA Medical Center, opened in 2008 is consistently ranked among top hospitals in the U.S. The hospital offers advanced robotically assisted surgery, virtual robotic telemedicine, prostate MRI scans, dual-source computed tomography scanning, and PET/CT imaging.

Mercy San Juan features a sophisticated robotic system to allow remote interaction with patients. The Palomar Medical Center includes similar robotic technology to conduct virtual visits with patients and advanced use of wireless and biometrics that are recognized as revolutionary in hospital design.

RBB is proud to have provided design for both these facilities, including a cutting edge Imaging Department design for UCLA that resulted in national awards from the Radiological Society of North America.

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The Ensign Group Signs on as RBB's Newest Client
With Assisted Living and Skilled Nursing Facility Projects

June 2014

RBB was recently contracted by The Ensign Group Inc. to provide design for three new projects located at The Grove Care and Wellness Skilled Nursing Facility in Riverside, CA, and the Mountainview Rehabilitation and Care Center in Marysville, Washington. RBB has begun with equipment upgrade work at The Grove, and will soon start on a skilled nursing remodel as well as design for a new 80-bed Assisted Living Facility at the Marysville facility. As a fast growing healthcare provider specialized in senior care, The Ensign Group owns 119 post acute care, skilled nursing and assisted living facilities in California, Nevada, Arizona and Washington. RBB looks forward to working with The Ensign Group to develop a repeatable program that could serve as an affordable design solution to be implemented at multiple sites.

RBB Selected by Cedars Sinai Medical Center
for Remodel Projects

June 2014

RBB was selected this month by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to provide design and construction for the Renovation of their Lobby, and Tenant Improvements for the Admitting Department, both on the street level of the main hospital building. The project will start in July 2014. RBB has previously completed master planning, and approximately over 500,000 SF of new construction and renovation projects at the Cedars-Sinai campus in Los Angeles.

RBB Contracted by Woodland Healthcare
in Central California for Master Planning

June 2014

RBB was contracted this month for a Facilities Master Plan at the Woodland Healthcare campus, a member of Dignity Health, located near Sacramento. The project scope includes assessment of all existing hospital and outpatient services to inform the development of a 2016 Master Plan and a long-term 2025 Master Plan. RBB is proud to continue our support of the overall growth of Dignity Health (formerly CHW), for whom our firm has provided 12 similar campus Master Plans. This Master Plan is the first time the firm has worked with the Woodland Healthcare campus.

Sierra Sands Unified School District
Becomes RBB's first K-12 School Client

June 2014

Sierra Sands Unified School District (SSUSD) in Kern County, has contracted RBB to begin HVAC upgrades at two campuses, James Monroe Middle School and Vieweg Educational Center. These will be the first elementary school and middle school projects to be added to RBB's extensive education design experience. The SSUSD includes 7 elementary, 2 middle schools, and 4 high schools, serving the cities of Ridgecrest and Inyokern, CA.

RBB is an Honored Winner at the
2014 Los Angeles Architectural Awards

June 2014

RBB Architects Inc was celebrated at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards ceremony today hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council that drew hundreds of the region’s leading architects, designers and building professionals. More than 35 world-class projects from across the architectural spectrum were recognized at the Beverly Hilton for design excellence and community impact. RBB received the 2014 Design Award for Healthcare.

Moderated by Sam Lubell of the Architect’s Newspaper, approximately 500 top professionals attended the annual event. The awards are presented to entire project teams - including the building owner, designer, contractor and developer - for their contributions to exceptional design in L.A. County.

The Design Build team of RBB Architects and Hensel Phelps Construction Corp was honored for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital Renovation. A 304,000 SF hospital tower renovation and new central plant were completed on a fast-track schedule in 2013, re-establishing a large healthcare campus that has been closed for many years. The new facility will bring modern, state of the art health services to the community of South Los Angeles, fulfilling a critical goal of the Los Angeles Department of Public Works.

This year is the first time RBB has participated in the Los Angeles Architectural Awards.

RBB Named a Top Business of 2014
by DiversityBusiness.com

June 2014

As one the top 500 Hispanic Owned Businesses in the U.S., recognized by Hispanic Business Magazine, RBB has once again been distinguished for its ongoing success. The firm is 69% Hispanic owned, and is a certified Minority-Owned Business Enterprise in the County of Los Angeles and City of Los Angeles.

RBB Ranked among Top 25 Design Firms
By Modern Healthcare

March 2014

RBB Architects received a ranking of #23 in the Top Architectural Firms in nation in 2014, by Modern Healthcare magazine. The survey results reflect the firm's total volume of healthcare work completed in 2013. As a specialized healthcare design firm, approximately 95% of RBB's work in the past year was dedicated to hospital projects, including both new construction and renovation projects throughout California. The largest projects completed included the PIH Health new 250,000 SF Plaza Tower and th3 305,000 SF Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital Tower renovation project.

Northridge Hospital Medical Center
Recognized by San Fernando Valley Business Journal
as 2014 Top Real Estate Project

February 2014

The Northridge Hospital Medical Center, where RBB has completed seismic repair projects for at least 15 years, was honored as a 2014 Top Real Estate Project in the San Fernando Valley. The Design-Build team of RBB and Clark Construction was recognized at the awards dinner in March at the Sheraton Universal Hotel. Since the 1994 Northridge earthquake, RBB has been engaged to implement repairs and upgrades to nearly every building on the 800,000 SF Northridge Hospital campus. Most recently, RBB completed renovations within the 5-story F-Tower building, including a 20-bed Pediatrics department and 17-bed NICU. Northridge Hospital is the San Fernando Valley's first designated Pediatrics Medical Center and has been consistently voted among the Best Pediatric Care hospitals in Los Angeles. RBB is proud to be working with Dignity Health to support the ongoing, successful improvement projects at Northridge Hospital.

RBB Architects’ own Melissa Keiser, AIA
Recognized among ENR’s Top 20 Under 40

February 2014

The annual Top 20 Under 40 honorees are recognized as talented individuals propel their firms to succeed with leadership, diligence and integrity. These young achievers have shown promise that they will play an important role in the industry in the coming years. RBB is proud to see our own young associate be selected by ENR for the Top 20. At RBB Melissa Keiser is an Associate and a licensed architect who provides leadership on the firm's BIM Implementation for all projects. She has helped develop BIM Design Guidelines that have been widely adopted by our clients and consultants. She has been with RBB for four years, and has contributed significantly to our two largest and most complex Design-Build projects, the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital renovation and the statewide seismic upgrades for multiple Dignity Health campuses.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital
Wins Los Angeles Business Journal Top Real Estate Award

February 2014

The recently completed and renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital project was honored with a 2014 Top Commercial Real Estate Award by LA Business Journal. The awards event was held at the Hyatt Century Plaza Hotel February 19th. The award recognized the Owner, Contractor and Architect together for their collaborative success and contribution to the community. The Design-Build team of Hensel Phelps Construction Co. and RBB Architects were responsible for delivery of a fully modernized Inpatient Tower, a vital element in re-establishing this hospital campus that has been closed since 2007. The project will restore access to healthcare services in an underserved community of South Los Angeles. Working with the County of Los Angeles, the team exceeded project goals for local and small business hiring, and participated hands-on in ongoing community outreach programs throughout construction.

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Ground Breaking for
North East Valley Health Corporation
San Fernando Health Center

December 2013

RBB took part in a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Adult Wellness Center at the San Fernando Health Center(SFHC). The new building is an expansion of Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) services in the San Fernando region. Special guests included U.S. Representative Tony Cardenas and Kimberly Wyard, CEO of NEVHC. The new Adult Wellness Center project is made possible by funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration under the Affordable Care Act. The Center is a two-story, 10,000 SF addition with 15 medical exam rooms. The building design reflects the adobe mission style that is a part of the local area's cultural history. Once the Adult Wellness Center is built, the original Health Center building (in operation since 1973) will be renovated, increasing its number of dental operatories from six to 12. The expanded SFHC campus will provide for an additional 46,000 patient visits annually. Included in the event on December 17th was a Health Enrollment Fair for the local community.

St. Francis Medical Center Tower
Receives AIA 20-Year Design Award

December 2013

The 9-story St. Francis Medical Center Patient Tower in Lynwood, CA, has received the AIA 20-year Design Award. Completed in 1993 for the Daughters of Charity, this project is a 270,000 SF inpatient replacement tower that is the core of the St. Francis Medical Center campus. The dramatic building features a cathedral-like atrium lobby and stairwell that is sheathed in translucent glass. Visible from the 105 freeway, the Tower redefined the hospital and has served as a regional landmark in the city of Lynwood south of Los Angeles. The facility includes 144 beds, pharmacy, laboratory, auditorium, chapel, cafeteria, computer center, central processing, warehouse, administrative offices, and boardroom.

This marks the sixth time RBB Architects has been recognized with the esteemed 20-year Award.

RBB Selected by Harvey Mudd College
for Parsons Building Renovation

October 2013

RBB has been contracted for a second science building project at Harvey Mudd College located in Claremont. The goal of this interior renovation of is to create shared teaching and research space for the Engineering and Humanities departments. The 1960s era building will require remodel of multiple floors, design of flexible modular labs and classrooms, technology upgrades, and a new entrance lobby. Harvey Mudd College, one of the Claremont Colleges, is a private liberal-arts college focusing on mathematics, physical and biological sciences, and engineering.

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital Renovation
Achieves Major Milestone Toward Final Licensing

October 2013

Following two years of progress on this complex hospital renovation, the Design Build team of RBB and Hensel Phelps Construction Co. reached a critical delivery milestone at the close of October. The inpatient tower was awarded by OSHPD a Staff and Stock Approval for two of its largest permits, bringing the hospital an important step closer to final licensing and re-opening. The Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center has been closed since 2007. An ambitious incremental permitting process was established to accelerate design and construction of a new central utility plant and upgraded 7-story tower. The new hospital will provide 120 beds, trauma care, diagnostic and treatment services, and health education programs.

On this endeavor, RBB Sr. Vice Presidents Art Border and Kevin Boots have been committed team leaders, bringing invaluable technical expertise. The project required detailed organization of a large RBB design team, 12 sub-consultant firms, as well as contracting resources from HP and their sub-contractors. Kevin Boots has performed multiple key roles as lead Architect, Client Representative, and DB team coordinator while maintaining respect from the OSHPD regulatory agency team and earning accolades from the client, Los Angeles County.

Renovation of the renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Community Hospital has been managed by the LA County Department of Public Works. The new 120-bed hospital will be operated by the Martin Luther King, Jr.-Los Angeles (MLK-LA) Healthcare Corporation, a CA public benefit corporation dedicated to re-establishing high-quality medical services in an area that has been greatly underserved. RBB is proud to have contributed to expanding healthcare within the local LA region, where our firm has been based for 60 years.

Groundbreaking for QueensCare Family Clinics
East Third Street Community Health Center

September 2013

RBB took part in a successful ground breaking event for a new 20,000 square foot, two-story Community Health Center in East Los Angeles. The family clinic will provide primary care, including dental services and pediatrics, for LA residents who lack healthcare insurance. This represents a significant improvement in available services within a low income neighborhood. Project planning and design was lead by Joseph Balbona and managed by Sylvia Botero. The greenfield project is owned by QueensCare Family Clinics, a non-profit local organization.

Groundbreaking for Mission Hospital
Neuroscience and Spine Institute

August 2013

RBB completed design for a 15,000 square foot new Neuroscience treatment center. The client's goal for the project is to provide the most advanced care in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases of the brain and spine. The Institute features state-of-the-art Neurosurgical suites. This project is among numerous renovation and additions completed by RBB Architects for Mission Hospital. The hospital is owned by St. Joseph Health System, a non-profit, faith-based organization committed to providing the highest quality, affordable, accessible health care services in the community. St. Joseph Health recently announced an alliance with Hoag, another non-profit organization in Orange County to form Covenant Health Network (CHN). RBB has worked with both St. Joseph Health and Hoag for the past five years.

RBB Among Top 50 Design Firms
Ranked by ENR California

July 2013

RBB Architects is again recognized in the annual ENR rankings for the Top Design Firms in California, announced today. Based on revenue and ranked in market sectors, RBB is currently at number 23 among the Top 50 Design Firms for general building design; and ranked number 23 in Interior Design. As a specialized healthcare design firm, at least 90% of RBB's work in the healthcare sector, falling under the general building category. ENR report the industry has experienced a "cautious optimism" for some growth in California after the past few years of recession. The top California firms employed almost 5,000 more architects and engineers in 2012, a small increase compared to 2011 employment.

RBB Ranked in Top 300 Design Firms
in U.S. by Architectural Record

June 2013

RBB Architects made the 2013 list of top design firms nationwide, ranking at number 124 among the Top 300. The survey measures firms' revenue data as well as the size of the business, completed construction, and achievement in sustainable design. RBB has consistently been listed within the top 500 firms in the U.S. for many consecutive years. Despite the slight decrease in business in the healthcare sector in the past two years, RBB has remained stable with a majority of current contracts utilizing Design-Build delivery, and most hospital work involving renovation and seismic upgrades. The firm has also diversified with new projects in the higher education and research markets.

RBB Selected by UCSD for Muir College
Biology Building Renovation

June 2013

RBB has kicked off a laboratory renovation project at the University of California San Diego's Muir College. The scope includes a third floor renovation within the Biology Building, which is located adjacent to Applied Physics and Mathematics Building where RBB has previously completed another large renovation in recent years. The Muir College Biology Building laboratory design will improve teaching and research space, and will meet sustainability criteria for LEED Silver certification.

RBB Kicks off Science District Planning Projects
at UCSB and Cal Poly Pomona

June 2013

Two interdisciplinary science building projects have begun the planning phase, one for University of California Santa Barbara, and one for California State University Polytechnic, Pomona. RBB is currently working with user groups at both campuses to analyze the needs of multiple departments, and complete planning and programming for new building expansions. At UCSB, RBB has previously completed extensive renovation of the existing Biology Buildings and provided planning and programming for a new Bioengineering Building. For Cal Poly Pomona, RBB has previously completed a large student housing expansion.

Retroactive LEED Certification Achieved
for Hoag Memorial Hospital Emergency and Imaging Department Renovation

April 2013

RBB is very pleased to announce that the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Ancillary Services Building has received LEED Gold Certification this month.

The newly renovated and expanded Emergency Department at Hoag Hospital completed in 2012, provides of the largest and most technologically advanced in the Orange County region, with more than 50 beds, increased privacy, and state of the art Imaging services. Design of the 50,000 square foot renovation incorporated highly sustainable features to create an energy and cost efficient new facility. The success of the sustainable design measures drove a decision by the client, during construction, to pursue LEED Certification. RBB, working extensively with LEED consultant CTG Energetics, managed the unique effort to complete a retroactive LEED Certification review for the project during construction.

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RBB Contracted by Harvey Mudd College
for Olin BioLab Renovation

April 2013

RBB was recently commissioned by Harvey Mudd College to complete a renovation of four Biology Labs located within the Olin Science Center. Established in 1955, Harvey Mudd is a liberal-arts college focusing on mathematics, physical and biological sciences and engineering; The school is a member of the privately owned Claremont Colleges, in Claremont, CA. This project marks is first time RBB has worked at the Harvey Mudd campus. Previously, RBB has completed a successful laboratory renovation at the Claremont Colleges' nearby Pomona College campus.

Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital
Plaza Tower Grand Opening

February 2013

Hospital Administration, Board Members and staff celebrated the opening of the $140 million Plaza Tower at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, CA. The 250,000 SF Tower began construction in 2010. An accelerated construction schedule was met to help the hospital meet the community's growing demand for patient services. This tower includes two floors of Critical Care beds (4 12-bed ICU Suites) and two floors of Medical/Surgical beds (32 beds/floor). There are a 11 state-of-the-art surgical suites and specialized procedure rooms. On the lower level, the Surgery Department is adjacent to an expanded Emergency Department.

The Plaza Tower is Phase II of a three-phase Campus Master Plan, completed by RBB. RBB has provided architectural design services on the campus for over 25 years, completing more than 500,00 SF of new construction.

Consistently ranked among the Top Regional Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital will continue to be a leader in healthcare for the Los Angeles area with its current expansion of ICU and specialty services.

RBB Wins 2013 CANstructionLA Award

January 2013

RBB is proud to have taken part, for the first time, in the ConstructionLA competition, in which design firms construct elaborate structures entirely with canned food. The thousands of cans of food are then donated to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. RBB's ambitious design team created a gravity-defying replica of the iconic LAX Encounter Restaurant building, using approximately 3,500 cans of tuna, soup, and various vegetables. The effort won this year's award for Structural Ingenuity, as brought local media attention. The endeavor was supported by RBB with sponsor support from Whole Foods and the Encounter Restaurant. Held in conjunction with the Downtown Los Angeles Artwalk, the event drew thousands of attendees in the design and art communities. This was Los Angeles' 7th CANstruction event. The annual competitions are organized in cities nationwide.

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RBB Wins Three AIA Awards for 2012

December 2012

RBB celebrates three new AIA awards from the AIA San Fernando Valley chapter. The 26th Annual Design Awards Banquet was held this month at the Angeles National Golf Club. RBB received honors for the following:

"Exceptional Team Collaboration, RBB and Hensel Phelps"Two years ago, RBB and Hensel Phelps Construction Co. embarked on the challenge of a fast-track renovation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Tower. The project is a critical step in helping the County of Los Angeles restore healthcare services to a large population in South L.A. Nearing completion in early 2013, the successful Design/Build implementation is the results of thousands of hours of dedicated team collaboration among architect, contractor and a group of leading local engineering firms.

"Great Details - Mission Hospital Chapel"The Mission Hospital chapel is a prominent design component within the 106,000 SF Acute Care Tower at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. The chapel offers patients, visitors and staff a calm respite in which to alleviate stress and find inspiration. A 30-foot glass ceiling design creates dramatic natural lighting in the 360-degree circular room.

"20-Year Award for Mount Sinai Medical Center Comprehensive Cancer Center"The 60,000 SF, four story outpatient facility in Miami Beach retains its original design, contemporary in its time with a concrete frame sheathed in multi-colored glass. This award marks the fifth 20-year design award received by RBB.

Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Plaza Tower
Featured by Hospital Association of Southern California

December 2012

"PIH Uses Lean to Prepare for Process for New Plaza Tower"In December 2012, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital (PIH) will move certain services into the new Plaza Tower, designed by RBB. Preparing for such a move is a challenge requiring planning and training right up to move-in day. The expansion of surgical services and changes in the way they currently admit patients presented the opportunity to design new processes as well as standardize the old ones incorpo¬rat¬ing Lean methods to decrease waste and improve patient flow throughout the entire surgical experience. A Lean surgical team, led by a Lean facilitator, was formed to work for six months on process mapping, appropriate utilization of existing staff, metrics and stand¬ardiza¬tion of work processes.

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Community Outreach:
RBB, Hensel Phelps & Team
Sponsored Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway in L.A.

November 2012

A successful Thanksgiving celebration was made possible for 1,700 needy families in the South Los Angeles community, thanks to the efforts of volunteers from the Design/Build team of Hensel Phelps Construction Co. and RBB Architects. Additional local firms who took part in the event included Morrow Meadows, TKSC and John A. Martin Associates. The popular turkey giveaway was held for the second year, in coordination with local family support organizations, and community liaison John Harriel, Jr. Hundreds of families lined up in the early morning hours to receive large turkeys, and Mayor Anthony Villaraigosa showed up his appreciation. Hensel Phelps and RBB are nearing completion on the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center Tower renovation, a 1965 hospital campus that previously served the South Los Angeles region. The hospital will be re-opened in early 2013.

RBB Ranked in Top 50 Firms By ARCHITECT Magazine

September 2012

RBB was once again recognized in the ARCHITECT Magazine's fourth annual Top 50 ranking. RBB is proud to be included in the unique list which reviews and measures multiple facets of firms' success, including revenue, sustainable practices, community support, and achievement in design quality. Under the heading, "They are the powerful and the philanthropic, the talented and the profitable," RBB was listed at number 30 in the nation.

RBB Contracted by Northeast Valley Health Corporation
For New Family Clinic

September 2012

The NorthEast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) is a private, non-profit community health provider with 13 primary care health centers in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys. NEVCH has selected RBB to provide design for a new 5,000 SF outpatient clinic in San Fernando. This project will be funded by the Affordable Care Act. Very similar to another recent Community Health Center project designed by RBB in East Los Angeles, the NEVH clinic is a family health center providing medical and dental services for low income and uninsured patients. The project was kicked off immediately in September, under the management of Sylvia Botero, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP.

RBB Selected by Long Beach Memorial Medical Center
For Outpatient Expansion at Miller Children's Hospital

August 2012

RBB was selected by Long Beach Memorial Medical Center for a new Outpatient Pediatrics Building and a PICU department renovation at Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach. The Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach is part of the MemorialCare Health System, a non-profit health organization that operates five medical center campuses in Long Beach and Orange County. The Long Beach Memorial campus will also contract with RBB to provide design for various remodel and improvement projects, including a remodel of the existing Pharmacy.

RBB's BIM Achievement Highlighted in a New Book
"Implementing Successful Building Information Modeling"

August 2012

A new publication authored by Erika Epstein features several recent case studies of Building Information Modeling (BIM) implementation. RBB's Sr. Vice President and Technical Director, Kevin Boots, AIA, LEED AP, provided insights and examples of current processes for generating and managing building data during a building's lifecycle. Today, most architectural and engineering firms have adopted BIM software and processes, allowing them to produce measurably more work of better quality, in shorter periods of time. Featured case studies in the book included the ConstrucTech Gold award winning Mission Hospital Acute Care Tower, completed by RBB in 2010. The book looks at the changing process of architectural design within the building industry as they embed BIM in their workflow. From interoperability and open standards, and knowledge sharing, to the BIM software capability, implementation, and project workflow.

Melissa Keiser, LEED AP Named Newest RBB Associate

August 2012

Joining RBB’s accomplished team of Associates is Ms. Melissa Keiser, LEED AP. In the past year, Melissa Keiser has provided excellent advancement in BIM Coordination and Revit training for RBB Architects' design staff. Melissa joined the firm as a Revit Certified Professional with 7 years of hands-on experience in the field. She has provided design documentation for large institutional projects; and consulted on Revit and Autodesk software graphics for design teams. Most recently, she managed the development of Revit and BIM protocols for RBB clients, on a variety of projects in healthcare and higher education. She is a LEED accredited professional and completed a Masters of Architecture from Pratt Institute, and BS in Architecture from Texas Tech University.

Northern Inyo Hospital Grand Opening

July 2012

"Ten years in the making", reported The Inyo Register. After ten years of planning, and multiple architects contracted for this expansion, Northern Inyo Hospital (NIH) in Bishop, CA celebrated the grand opening of its new hospital on July 1st. RBB, with Turner Construction, is proud to have brought this multiple-phase project to a successful completion.

The community of Bishop was invited to tour the new two-story, 54,000 SF facility that now boasts three state of the art surgery theatres, private patient rooms, and new emergency department. The interior design features locally sourced artwork and generous views of the surrounding Sierra mountains. The District hospital's service area extends to 23,000 residents in the Inyo and Mono counties, and into rural Nevada. NIH was originally built in 1949, and like many California hospitals, began planning seismic retrofit and renovations after the 1994 Northridge earthquake. The project culminated in a new upgraded hospital to serve the region's growing population.

RBB Listed in ENR Top 500 Design Firms in the U.S.

July 2012

Rising significantly in the latest ENR firm rankings, RBB is listed at 339th among the Top 500 Design Firms in the U.S., with a 2011 revenue of over $29 million. In 2011, the firm was listed at 448th. The growth in business over the past 12 months has included major hospital renovation projects throughout California. RBB was contracted in 2010 by Dignity Health to complete extensive seismic upgrade project at nine medical centers, and by the County of Los Angeles contracted RBB for the renovation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center in Los Angeles. While renovation work has provided a significant proportion of work in the recent healthcare market, we anticipate more activity in new construction projects in 2012, including a new outpatient center for Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach.

Sylvia Botero Named Juror for 2012 MetalMag Awards

June 2012

RBB is honored to announce that Sylvia Botero was selected as part of an esteemed group of design professionals to judge Metalmag’s 2012 Architecture Awards. With over 120 entries and six award categories, the competition field was strong. Categories included interiors, metal buildings, residential, retrofit, roofs and walls, with judging emphasis placed on creativity, innovation, the attractive use of metal, excellent design, installation, and craftsmanship. The award winning designs will be announced in an upcoming issue of Metalmag magazine. Metalmag magazine is part of the publishing group, Hanley Wood Business Media, which also publishes ARCHITECT Magazine.

Sylvia Botero, Sr. Vice President, Received EDAC Certification from The Center for HealthCare Design

June 2012

Sylvia Botero, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, successfully completed the Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) this month. The Center for Health Design’s internationally recognized EDAC program awards credentials to individuals who demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to apply an evidence-based process to the design and development of healthcare settings, including measuring and reporting results. The mission of the Center for Health Design is to develop a community of certified industry professionals through education and assessment of an evidence-based design process. As a dedicated healthcare design professional for 28 years, Ms. Botero has managed all types of hospital and outpatient facility projects, including the recent design of a national award winning Acute Care Tower for Mission Hospital. She has provided leadership in the design of state of the art cancer centers, imaging centers, emergency and other and specialty departments.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center
Tower Renovation Achieved First Major Milestone

June 2012

The County of Los Angeles’ Martin Luther King, Jr. Medical Center project has reached its first major milestone. The Inpatient Tower Renovation and new Central Plant are now approximately half way to completion on the project’s fast-track schedule. The Design-Build team of Hensel Phelps Construction and RBB Architects received a Certificate of Occupancy for the Central Plant portion of the project. The new Central Plant is a key component of the overall 38-acre medical campus renovation and expansion. The Central Plant is more than doubled in capacity in order to support the state of the art 5-story Inpatient Tower and new Ancillary Building that will both be operational in 2013. To accomplish a highly accelerated schedule for the entire MLK project, the team has implemented a carefully phased construction plan, and has worked with OSHPD to perform an incremental permitting process.

Groundbreaking for Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital
Emergency Department Expansion

May 2012

The Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, CA, celebrated a groundbreaking for construction of their Emergency Department expansion. The hospital is the single source for emergency services in the region. This E.D. expansion is critical to help meet the community's needs. The project features 32,500 SF of new construction and 9,300 SF of renovation, and will double the size of the department from 19 to 39 bays. The first phase calls for the creation of additional bays, and the second phase for renovation of the existing E.D. Project phasing will allow the E.D. to remain fully operational throughout construction. Also included in the scope is a new electrical infrastructure, and new technology and IT services. The A/E team and contractor are working closely to meet an accelerated schedule in order to support the needs of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
Named in Becker's 100 Great Hospitals of 2012

May 2012

RBB is proud to share that among the newly published list of 2012 Great Hospitals, by Becker's Hospital Review, are two of our firm's long-time, prestigious clients, the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (Los Angeles), and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian (Newport Beach, CA). Each year, Becker's Hospital Review recognizes 100 Great Hospitals from across the nation that have contributed to the history of American healthcare, made noteworthy accomplishments in 2011 and that serve as anchors of wellness in their local communities. The list includes a variety of organizations, from acclaimed academic medical centers to smaller community hospitals that have demonstrated excellence. The Becker's Hospital Review editorial team accepted nominations, conducted research and considered other established industry sources to develop their list. Sources include U.S. News & World Report, Thomson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals, HealthGrades, Magnet Recognition by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipients.

Kevin Boots Featured in ARCHITECT Magazine

April 2012

The April issue of Architect Magazine interviewed RBB's Sr. Vice President, Kevin Boots, for the monthly Technology column. In the article by Brian Libby titled, "Under the Hood," Kevin discusses the innovative CAVE technology and its uses in a whole new approach to 3D design. "The military has been using cave technology for a while," says Kevin Boots. "It's basically a 10-foot cube you stand inside with 3D goggles, and whatever direction you look, the computer recalculates the view." The process is still in progress, but eventually will enable the firm to demonstrate 3D views that used to only be possible with costly mock-ups. As RBB's Director of Production, Kevin is leading the firm's participation in research with a university and software company in developing new CAVE technology applications.


ENR 2012 Top 500 Design Firms
Highlights Quotes by Kevin Boots and Sylvia Botero

April 2012

RBB is once ranked among the ENR Top 500 Design Firms in the U.S. The accompanying article on April 23rd also quotes two RBB principals on 2012 industry trends. Sr. Vice President, Kevin Boots, is highlighted in the column titled "Top 500 Dialogue," where he comments on new technologies that are helping to change the design industry. Kevin's addressed field applications of post-occupancy evaluation software for the iPad TM, and ability to analyze workflow efficiencies in the design of healthcare projects. Sr. Vice President, Sylvia Botero, is also included in the ENR article titled, "Top 500 Design Firms Start to Rise Above Economic Woes." Sylvia discussed changes in the Delivery Process today, in which we see a shift toward integrating more with the general contractors and sub-contractors in the front end of the design process. She says this collaboration can result in faster, more cost efficient delivery.



Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center Renovation
Ranked 27th Largest Project Start in California by ENR

March 2012

ENR California edition ranked RBB's Martin Luther King Jr. Medical Center Inpatient Tower Renovation among the "Top Start Projects" in California. RBB and our design-build partner Hensel Phelps Construction kicked off the $165 million hospital renovation in January 2011, and broke ground in June 2011. Phased construction is underway on the five story patient tower. The design-build team is implementing a fast-track schedule to help L.A. County Department of Health meet their goal of reopening the facility in 2013.

RBB President, Deneys Purcell
Receives EDAC Certification

March 2012

Deneys Purcell, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, has completed the Evidence-based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC) this month. The Center for Health Design’s internationally recognized EDAC program awards credentials to individuals who demonstrate a thorough understanding of how to apply an evidence-based process to the design and development of healthcare settings, including measuring and reporting results. The mission of the Center for Health Design is to develop a community of certified industry professionals through education and assessment of an evidence-based design process. As a dedicated healthcare design professional for 32 years, Mr. Purcell has led the design of all types of hospital and outpatient facilities, creating state of the art healing environments. He has provided services at Northridge Hospital Medical Center for at least 20 years, enabling extensive implementation of evidence based practices.

RBB Ranked in Top Ten Design Firms by Los Angeles Business Journal

January 2012

RBB Architects was ranked #7 among the Top Architectural Firms in Los Angeles County and #13 among the Commercial Interior Design Firms. RBB has consistently been recognized among the region’s Top 25 firms by the Los Angeles Business Journal. The ranking is based on 2011 Los Angeles County Billings for completed commercial, institutional, industrial and multifamily residential projects. Up from #13 in last year’s list, RBB has experienced significant growth in workload, and revenue, from 2010 to 2011.

RBB Awarded Northridge Hospital Emergency Department Renovation

January 2012

RBB has been commissioned by Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West) to remodel the Northridge Hospital Medical Center Emergency Department. This project responds to the hospital’s need for expanded ED capacity, and the goal to provide more convenient, patient-centered urgent care services. With over 25 years of working on the Northridge Hospital campus, RBB values the opportunity to continue working with Northridge Hospital Medical Center and Dignity Health.

RBB Healthcare and Education Projects Receive AIA Merit Awards

January 2012

RBB is proud to announce two new Merit Awards this year in the areas of both Healthcare and Education design. The recognized projects are the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Emergency Department in Newport Beach, CA, and the Boise State University Environmental Research Building in Boise, ID. These two projects were completed in 2011, and both achieved highly sustainable, energy efficient design solutions. The Hoag Hospital E.D. is also published in the December issue of Healthcare Design Magazine as one of the year’s Top 5 Emergency Department renovations. The BSU Environmental Research Building was recently published in Idaho Business Review as a Top Construction Project.

These latest AIA honors carry on the firm’s more than 25-year history of award winning projects.

Former RBB Partner, Joel Jaffe, Honored with AIA President’s Award

January 2012

RBB congratulates our former President, Mr. Joel Jaffe, who has been honored with the AIA San Fernando Valley President’s Award. Mr. Jaffe has been dedicated to the field of healthcare design since 1965, and worked at RBB Architects beginning in 1972. He was involved in over 200 major medical facilities projects. After retiring from RBB in 2007, he has continued his own practice and provides consulting services. Also longstanding leader in the AIA community, Mr. Jaffe has twice served as Chairman of the AIA Committee on Architecture for Health, and remains active in the AIA San Fernando Valley chapter activities.

Veronica Flores is RBB’s Newest Associate

December 2011

RBB proudly announces the promotion of Veronica Flores, who has 16 years of experience with the firm as a Construction Administrator and Contract Document Coordinator for healthcare and institutional projects. Ms. Flores is a LEED Accredited Professional, Certified by the Construction Specification Institute, and holds professional memberships in USGBC and other Green Building Associations. She is the firm’s champion for Sustainable Design, and organizing OSHPD construction administration protocols. Currently she is working with firm principal Kevin Boots on the Martin Luther King, Jr., Medical Center, the Northern Inyo Hospital expansion, and Antelope Valley Hospital renovations and additions.

BSU Environmental Research Center Listed in Idaho 2011 Top Projects

November 2011

The new science and public policy building at Boise State University was recognized by the Idaho Business Review as one the year Top Projects. The highly sustainable research building includes 43 labs, clean rooms, two freezer rooms, a ground water testing well, offices and conference space. RBB completed the project in 2011 with ESI Construction, KPFF, M-E Engineers, NA Cohen Group and The Land Group.

RBB Begins Selected to Design East Los Angeles Community Health Clinic

September 2011

RBB will design the new East Third Street Community Healthcare Clinic. The clinic’s mission is to provide accessible healthcare for uninsured and low-income individuals and families residing in Los Angeles County. As a healthcare design firm based in Los Angeles for almost 60 years, RBB is proud to contribute to the improvement of healthcare services in an underserved community. The new will include adult and pediatric medicine, dentistry, optometry, OB services and a pharmacy. The goal for this new 25,000 square foot facility is to achieve an eco-friendly, energy efficient and highly cost efficient building.

RBB Begins Design for Mission Hospital Neuroscience and Spine Institute

September 2011

RBB has been commissioned by St. Joseph Health System to design the Neuroscience and Spine Institute at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo, CA. The goal for the new Institute is to provide state-of-the-art, most advanced and compassionate care in the diagnosis, and treatment of neurological diseases of the brain and spine. The Neuroscience and Spine Institute will accomplish its mission by creating neurological and neurosurgical centers of excellence in the various related specialties, and begin its journey by building a foundation on the strengths already present in its founding hospital and the expertise of its founding physicians. The Neuroscience and Spine Institute will strive to collaborate with physicians, coordinate strategies with Mission Hospital, and engage the philanthropic support of the members of its community and the world at large.

RBB’s design effort for the 15,000 project is headed by RBB’s CEO, Joseph Balbona, and the project will be managed by Sylvia Botero.

Healthcare Design Magazine Recognizes Hoag Hospital Emergency Unit as a Top 5 Finalist

September 2011

Congratulations go to the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Emergency Department renovation project in Newport Beach, CA, a Top 5 finalist in the nationwide Healthcare Design Magazine 2011 Renovation Competition. The project expanded an existing Emergency Care unit from 24 treatment bays to 52, enabling the hospital to meet the community’s growing need for urgent care. The renovation created a patient-centered environment that emphasizes comfort and high quality care. Design elements include private rooms, a spacious lobby, and a soothing spa-inspired atmosphere enhanced with artwork and garden views. Targeting LEED Gold certification, the project incorporates drought resistant landscaping, energy efficient MEP systems, high performance Low-E glazing, low VOC paints, and use of local and recycled materials.

The Emergency Unit renovation will be featured in the December 2011 issue of Healthcare Design Magazine.

RBB Ranked 23rd in ARCHITECT Magazine
Top 50 Design Firms

May 2011

RBB was ranked number 23 among the nation's Top 50 architectural design firms, and the highest ranked Southern California, by ARCHITECT magazine. This year is the magazine's third annual Top 50 list. This ranking is based on a versatile survey that measures multiple elements of a successful firm besides annual revenue, such as sustainable practices and achievement in design quality. RBB is proud to be recognized among the industry's leading firms.


RBB Ranked In ENR Top 500

April 2011

RBB Architects is pleased to be ranked once again among The Top 500 Design Firms by the Engineering News Record (ENR) Design Firms Sourcebook. The national survey is conducted annually by McGraw Hill Construction. RBB has been consistently listed among the Top 500 Design Firms since 1997.

RBB Receives Four AIA Awards for 2010

February 2011

RBB celebrates another winning year in hospital design, with four awards from the AIA San Fernando Valley chapter. The 2010 honors were received for the following:

  • Little Company of Mary New Patient Tower
  • Mercy Medical Center Merced Replacement Hospital
  • Alta Bates Medical Center — 20-Year Design Award
  • St. Joseph Health System — Best Client Award

The firm has now earned its fourth 20-year design award, which is an exceptional testament to the enduring quality of RBB's work. The 2010 awards were presented at the 24th Annual Installation and Design Awards Banquet, in February, at the Warner Center Marriott, in California.

RBB Clients Ranked as Distinguished Hospitals in 2011

January 2011

RBB congratulates eight of our clients who were recognized as 2011 Distinguished Hospitals for Clinical Excellence in a recent HealthGrades study. RBB is proud to have worked with most of the top facilities in the Los Angeles region that were listed as Distinguished Hospitals, as well as three more of these hospitals located across the U.S. The Southern California facilities are Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center, and Saint Vincent Medical Center. Additionally, we congratulate our former clients Sequoia Hospital in San Francisco, Scottsdale Healthcare Medical Center in Arizona, and Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami, FL. This 2011 HealthGrades study rated 5,000 nonfederal hospitals nationwide, measuring patient outcomes for 26 types of procedures and diagnoses. The data was used to rank America's Top 50 Cities for Hospital Care.

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RBB and Hensel Phelps Construction Co. Selected by L.A. County for the MLK, Jr. Medical Center Renovation

January 2011

The Design-Build team of RBB Architects and Hensel Phelps was contracted by the County of L.A. to complete the Martin Luther King (MLK), Jr. Medical Center Inpatient Tower Renovation project in South Los Angeles. This hospital re-opening signifies a new beginning for the MLK Medical Center, which was closed in 2007, leaving a large community without access to local healthcare services. The renovation will re-establish this site as a state of the art health care facility within the LA County Department of Public Health system providing inpatient, outpatient and mental health services.

RBB is pleased to take part in re-building a modernized campus that will provide an inspiring, healing environment, enhance operational efficiencies, and deliver high quality care for improved medical outcomes.

Redevelopment of the 38-acre campus encompasses three main components. The first is reinstatement of the hospital with renovation of the existing, five-story inpatient tower for 120 beds, a new emergency department, diagnostic and treatment services, and related support functions. The second component is to upgrade the existing Central Plant. The third is to construct a new Ancillary-Service Building that will offer dining, offices, and a new front entrance to the Medical Center.

The project will utilize an accelerated Design-Build construction schedule, and will achieve a minimum of Silver LEED status.

The new hospital is due to be operational in early 2013.

Three Senior Associates Named at RBB

January 2011

RBB Architects proudly announces the promotions of three veteran staff members to Senior Associate — Craig Laurie, Dean Schwenke, and James Wieck. All three team members have been instrumental in the completion of numerous award winning RBB projects.

Mr. Laurie has been with RBB for 13 years, and is responsible for overseeing development of production drawings in Revit and CAD. He has worked for many years on multiple projects for Mission Hospital, including the highly acclaimed Acute Care Tower completed in 2010.

Mr. Schwenke has worked for the past 19 years in construction document production, design and on-site management of healthcare projects. Recently, he worked on the Mercy Medical Center Merced replacement hospital and the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center replacement hospital.

Mr. Wieck has 19 years of experience as a construction administrator and project coordinator in healthcare and institutional facility design. He provides oversight of production drawings, agency coordination, and in-house training in Revit and CAD protocols. Recently, he worked on the successful UCR Genomics Building, and is now working on renovations for Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Two New Associates Named at RBB

January 2011

RBB Architects is pleased to announce the promotions of Daniel Pun and Don Broberg, named as the firm's newest Associates.

Mr. Pun has 17 years experience overseeing development of production drawings, design and construction documents and construction administration. He recently participated on the design team for the Mercy Medical Center Merced Replacement and Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Imaging Center.

Mr. Broberg has 17 years of experience in healthcare design, and has managed projects with construction costs up to $100 million, coordinating agency review, construction documents, and construction administration. He recently worked on the BSU Center for Environmental Science and Economic Development, and is now on the completing seismic upgrades for three Catholic Healthcare West hospitals.

Mission Hospital Acute Care Tower Selected as California Construction Top 10 Project in 2010

December 2010

The Mission Hospital project was honored with a Merit Award by California Construction magazine. This state-of-the-art new patient tower began serving the Orange County community in 2010, and has been recognized for innovation design as well as its advanced use of BIM technology. A successful BIM implementation on the new tower enabled the A/E design team to accomplish an accelerated construction schedule and produce cost savings exceeding client expectations.

SchoolDesigner.com Showcases New BSU Science Building

November 2010

The new BSU Center for Environmental Science and Economic Development, to completed in January 2011, was highlighted on CollegeDesigner.com. The building has been designed to exceed LEED Silver sustainability criteria and features a flexible design for teaching and research laboratories serving both research and areas of public policy programs. The building is 97,000 square feet and will support education, research, and outreach involving environmental science and economic development. This is the first new science and engineering building in Boise State University's southeast expansion zone.

RBB Selected by Catholic Healthcare West for Design-Build Seismic Upgrades

August 2010

The Design-Build team of RBB and Clark Construction was contracted by CHW to complete seismic upgrades on nine hospital campuses in California, to meet with new code compliance requirements. The hospitals where the most significant work is underway include St. Bernardine Medical Center in San Bernardino, St. Mary's Medical Center in Long Beach, St. John's Pleasant Valley in Camarillo, and Northridge Hospital Medical Center. The various projects encompass structural upgrades, central plant improvements, and retrofit of 18 SPC building throughout California to meet SB-1953 code compliance requirements. The design-build construction will take place in phases, while the facilities remain operational. RBB provided similar seismic repairs and upgrades at the Northridge Hospital Medical Center, following the 1994 Northridge earthquake.

VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System Selects RBB for Expansion and Upgrade Projects

August 2010

RBB Architects has been awarded two new projects by the VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System in Reno, Nevada. The VA Medical Center Reno campus is implementing multiple renovations and expansions within existing facilities. RBB, in association with the Reno-based firm Collaborative Design Studios, will provide planning and design for a new Community Living Center that features acute care beds. The facility is a Planetree Certified hospital, and the project will employ the tenets of Planetree healing design. The team of RBB and Collaborative Design Studio has also been awarded the Seismic Upgrade project for Building 1A.

UCR Genomics Building featured in Laboratory Design

August 2010

The Genomics Building, completed by RBB in 2009 for the University of California, Riverside is a featured project in Laboratory Design magazine. The project includes state of the art teaching and research laboratories fro several science departments. The modern laboratory design is highlighted by generous natural lighting, a bright color scheme, sustainable materials and finishes, and a modular floor plan to easily accommodate flexibility and new technologies.

RBB Selected for LA Mission College Campus Modernization

June 2010

Los Angeles Mission College in Sylmar, California selected RBB and Masters Contracting Corporation to complete $13 million in design/build projects as part of their Campus Modernization. The projects include a Sheriff Station, central plant, renovation of the Campus Services building, and new entrance. The new sheriff station will be LEED Silver certified.

RBB Showcased by SchoolDesigner.com

June 2010

The Genomics Building, completed by RBB for the University of California, Riverside was highlighted on CollegeDesigner.com. The building, completed in 2009, contains teaching and research laboratories that serve the needs of students and researchers from all areas of science. It provides natural lighting, modular flexibility, and the ability to accommodate for changes in scientific equipment and technologies,supporting future advances in medicine, food and plant products.

RBB Founder Ephraim Baran Listed in the LA Conservancy

June 2010

Founding partner of RBB Architects Inc, Ephraim Baran, was honored by the Los Angeles Conservancy for his landmark 1961 Frankel House. Located in Brentwood, CA, the house is acclaimed as a virtual time capsule of sixties architecture and interior design. The hillside residence celebrates dramatic angles and glass and features a sunken living room with open views to a coffin-shaped pool. Filled with original finishes and period furnishings, visiting this home is truly a step back in time.

Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital Plaza Tower Breaks Ground

March 2010

Construction for the six-floor, 240,000 square-foot patient tower broke ground this March. To build the Plaza Tower, older portions of the hospital were demolished first. In support of the hospital's sustainable goals, the project recycled 95% of the waste materials from the demolished buildings. An estimated 13,338 tons of materials — including concrete, structural steel, rebar, sheet metal, nonferrous metals, and general debris — have been recycled, reducing waste and producing cost savings. The Plaza Tower will be completed in 2012, and will include 11 surgical suites, ICU and medical/surgical beds. The Plaza Tower addition is the second phase of the Three-phase expansion plan for the PIH campus.

Mission Hospital Receives 2010 Marvin M. Black Award

March 2010

RBB and McCarthy Building were honored by the Associated General Contractors of America with the 2010 Marvin M. Black Award. The award recognizes the team's excellence in partnership on the Mission Hospital Acute Care Tower. This project engaged all team members in a partnership charter, establishing aggressive goals that were all met. Completed on schedule in 2009, the new Tower has received multiple awards for design and building technology.

RBB Named Firm of the Year By AIA San Fernando Valley

January 2010

RBB Architects was honored with a 2009 Firm Award from the AIA San Fernando Valley Chapter. This award recognized outstanding achievement an area of specialized design. Continuing our more than 50 years of expert healthcare design, RBB completed three major hospital projects within one year. Each project demonstrated unique achievements that exceeded the clients' goals. Our 2009 projects have set precedents in the areas of cost efficient, Lean planning and design as well as energy efficient, high performance hospital buildings.

Mercy Medical Center Merced Receives 2009 AIA Design Awards

January 2010

The new replacement hospital in Merced, CA, was recognized for its design strategy of "Doing More with Less." The facility is an exemplary model of Lean design practices, resulting in an overall savings of at least $30 million for Catholic Healthcare West. The 267,000 sf floor plan is an estimated 20% more efficient than comparable hospital facilities. The result is savings in both construction costs and operating costs over time. The project also features extensive sustainable design elements from strategic site planning and drought resistant landscape design to low-E glass, and energy efficient electrical systems. The estimated savings in energy costs total $4 million.

Mission Hospital Acute Care Tower Receives AIA Design Award

January 2010

This new hospital tower in Mission Viejo, CA, was honored for its achievement in providing the most technologically advanced medical facility in the region. Clearly visible from the campus entrance, the Tower creates a new identity for Mission Hospital. Its bold, metal clad exterior conveys the state of the art services offered within. The interiors offer abundant natural light, creating an enhanced atmosphere for patients, families and staff.

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Received Building of America Award

November 2009

The Hoag Hospital Imaging Center, completed in 2009, was recognized by Construction Communications as one of Southern California's most innovative design projects of the year. The adaptive re-use of industrial office space into a state-of-the-art outpatient center resulted in a high-end, spa-like facility to serve the Newport Beach community. "The Imaging Center is a huge success from the patients' perspective, and ours too," said Michael Brant-Zawadzki, MD, FACR, Executive Medical Director, Neurosciences. "The ambience projects reassurance, technological leadership, and professional excellence, which goes to the heart of our organization's Vision Statement."

Northern Inyo Hospital Selects RBB to Complete Phase 2 Expansion

October 2009

The critical access hospital located in Bishop, CA, has named RBB as its new architect or record to complete design and construction services for a $40 million expansion. Northern Inyo Hospital is a not-for-profit district hospital serving the Eastern Sierra region since 1946. The expansion will replace the main hospital building, expand emergency care services, and improve outpatient services including imaging and surgery, to meet the needs of the growing local population.

Mission Hospital Tower Awarded the Gold ConstrucTech Vision Award

September 2009

ConstrucTech magazine honored St. Joseph Health System with a Gold award, recognizing the Mission Hospital Acute Care Tower for its high level use of BIM (Building Information Modeling). The Acute Care Tower features a complex exterior design and structural bracing system. It was through the use of BIM technology that RBB and McCarthy Building Companies could successfully deliver the project. Extensive 3D modeling was developed prior to construction to visualize and resolve any system clashes. The resulting design and construction coordination achieved the accelerated schedule goals, with minimal change order costs.

RBB ranked #38 in Design+Construction Giants 300

July 2009

RBB Architects was ranked 38th among the Top 50 Architectural Design Firms in the U.S., by Building Design+Construction magazine. The annual Giants 300 survey spotlights the leading AEC firms in the non-residential building industry. The ranking is based on the volume of commercial, institutional, industrial, and multifamily residential building work completed in 2008. Design firms are ranked on billings for work that is performed in-house.

ARCHITECT Magazine ranks RBB #14

May 2009

In a listing of America's Top 50 Firms RBB Architects was ranked number 14 by Architect Magazine, among the Top 50 firms in the U.S. The new annual ranking was published in May 2009, and represents a combination of criteria other than firm size. Top firms were recognized based on design quality (demonstrated by awards and recognitions), sustainability practices, and firms' overall financial success. RBB was one of nine California firms to be included in the national Top 50 list.

Boise State University Center for Environmental Science and Economic Development Breaks Ground

May 2009

Boise State University hosted a ground breaking ceremony for the campus' new 97,000 SF building that will support education, research, and outreach for environmental science and economic development. RBB Architects and Boise based contractor, Engineered Structures Inc., were present with Boise State University Associate Vice President, James McGuire. The multi-disciplinary facility is the first new building in the campus' southeast expansion zone. The center will house geosciences and civil engineering laboratories; and office and work areas for Public Policy, Administration, and Political Science. The layout of the building promotes collaboration between scientists, engineers, and political science faculty on environmental policy issues. A flexible design program also allows reconfiguration in response to future changes in research needs. Sustainability principles related to site development, water efficiency, energy savings, materials and resources, and indoor air quality were important elements in the new building design.

RBB Ranked #1 by OSHPD to Serve as Independent Plan Reviewers

April 2009

Based on a recent evaluation of architectural firms' specialized expertise in healthcare design, RBB was ranked #1 by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development. A list of nine top design firms was selected and ranked based on qualifications to provide independent architectural plan check services. Having worked with OSHPD since its inception, RBB has processed at least $3 billion in construction through the agency. The scope of OSHPD plan reviews successfully completed by RBB includes both new construction and remodel projects, ranging from major hospital facilities to specific departments in all areas of healthcare.

RBB Ranked Among ENR Top 500 Design Firms

April 2009

RBB Architects was ranked among The Top 500 Design Firms once more by the Engineering News Record (ENR) Design Firms Sourcebook. The national survey is conducted annually by McGraw Hill Construction. RBB has been listed among The Top 500 Design Firms nearly every year since 1997.

Grand Opening for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Imaging Center

March 2009

RBB helped celebrate the opening of the new 35,000 SF Imaging Center. Upon receiving licensure for Phase 1 of the Newport Beach facility, the state of art Imaging Center began serving patients March 9th. This project has been delivered on schedule, following a successful OSHPD plan check process. The renovation of an existing office building into a satellite imaging center offers ease of access and more efficient service for patients who previously had to enter Hoag Hospital for imaging or testing. To improve patient comfort, and alleviate anxiety associated with diagnostic procedures, a calm hospitality environment was created. Interior design features warm wood details, soothing colors and a comfortable lobby check-in area to create a spa-like atmosphere.

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Awarded Top Real Estate Project 2008

January 2009

North Bay Business Journal honored Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with a 2008 Top Project Award in the area of medical services, citing an outstanding contribution to the North San Francisco community. RBB completed the renovation of approximately 24,000 SF of acute care hospital space on two floors. The renovation included complete demolition of the existing tenant space, and upgraded design for 74 medical surgical patient rooms and support functions. The project was completed on an accelerated schedule, delivered from concept to building permits within eight weeks. Following was the renovation and expansion of the Emergency Department, and the 30,000 SF remodel of a Cath Lab and Surgery Department.

Construction of University of California, Riverside, Genomics Building Completed

January 2009

Construction is complete on the new 100,000 SF science research building that will focus on plant and microbial genomics. RBB Architects Inc completed the project in collaboration with Shepley Bulfinch Richardson & Abbott as Design Architect. A ground breaking ceremony for the Genomics Building took place October 18, 2008. The new facility features a 100-seat auditorium, bioinformatics suite, classrooms, training center and research laboratories. A main lobby and covered entrance walkway will also offer interactive meeting spaces for students and staff researchers. The Genomics institute will serve the departments of botany and plant sciences, plant pathology, entomology and neurosciences. Research goals include development of new medicinal plants, safer nutritious foods, sustainable crops, foods with a prolonged shelf life, disease-resistant animals, and novel bio-based products.

RBB Honored with 2008 AIA Design Awards

January 2009

Two unique design projects by RBB Architects were honored with 2008 AIA Design Awards. The Directors Guild of America headquarters in Hollywood, CA won the 20-Year Design Award, demonstrating its enduring, iconic presence in Los Angeles. The Xiamen Customs Building in China, an international design competition submission, won the AIA Design Concept award. This year's awards ceremony was held at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. World renowned architect Moshe Safdie, who designed the Skirball Center, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award and gave the keynote address. Over the past decade, RBB has been privileged to receive more than 25 AIA Design Awards for a variety of large institutional buildings.

Sylvia Botero, AIA, LEED AP, Named AIA San Fernando Valley Chapter President

December 2008

The American Institute of Architects, San Fernando Valley Chapter elected Sylvia Botero, AIA, LEEP AP, as its 2009 president. Ms. Botero has been active in the Chapter for several years, dedicating her time to the many professional networking opportunities for members. This year, her energy and leadership will be especially valuable during a tough economy. She offers over 25 years of experience at RBB Architects, Inc. Ms. Botero has worked most extensively on University projects at numerous campuses including UC Riverside, UCLA, UC Irvine, CSU Northridge, Pomona College, and currently Boise State University. She has also managed complex hospital projects, most recently at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian and Mission Hospital.

RBB Selected for Expansion of Antelope Valley Hospital

October 2008

RBB Architects Inc has been contracted by Antelope Valley Hospital in Lancaster, California to provide Design Services for a New Patient Tower to its medical campus. The hospital is answering a need to expand its patient services and replace older buildings that do not meet current seismic requirements. The new tower and reconfigured campus are the second phase of a current Phase 1, which consist of several internal department remodel projects and infrastructure upgrades as part of the Campus Master Plan. RBB has been working on Master Plan Projects at the Hospital since 2002. The new Tower will feature a patient new drop off and entry to the hospital. Landscaped gardens adjacent to the entry will serve as a therapeutic and reflective space for patients and visitors. This project will take part in the Savings by Design program, employing state-of-the art, energy efficient engineering and building materials.

RBB Ranked in Top 50 California Design Firms

October 2008

RBB was listed among California's Top 50 Design Firms in 2008 by the California Construction Review. The annual survey also reports that the largest project awarded to RBB Architects in 2007 was $235 million Northridge Hospital Medical Center Replacement Tower, and the largest project to break ground in 2007 was the $247 million Mercy Medical Center Merced Replacement Hospital.

RBB Ranked in ENR Top 500

June 2008

RBB Architects was ranked among The Top 500 Design Firms once more by the Engineering News Record (ENR) Design Firms Sourcebook. The national survey is conducted annually by McGraw Hill Construction. RBB has been listed among The Top 500 Design Firms nearly every year since 1997, and was ranked nationally in the Top 10 Healthcare Design Firms in 2000.

Mercy Merced Medical Center Holds Topping Off Ceremony

February 2008

RBB Architects celebrated the "topping off" ceremony of the new Mercy Medical Center Replacement Hospital in Merced, CA. RBB Chief Executive Officer, Joseph Balbona, AIA joined Hospital President David Dunham, hospital staff and community members at the ceremony. The 266,000 SF hospital features private patient rooms, new emergency department, imaging, surgery departments, new medical office building and new chapel. The new hospital is anticipated to begin servicing the community in 2009.

RBB Breaks Ground at Mission Hospital

February 2008

RBB Architects helped Mission Hospital celebrate the ground breaking of the new Acute Care Tower in Mission Viejo, CA. The groundbreaking event marks the official construction launch of the new Acute Care Tower. Scheduled to open in late 2009, the 90,000 SF tower will feature 28 medical/surgical beds, 20 ICU beds, imaging, nuclear medicine, and a new chapel.

Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital 80-Bed Center East Wing Completed

January 2008

RBB celebrated the completion of construction on the 80 bed Center East Wing infill project at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital in Santa Rosa, California. The project converted existing office space into hospital bed space to meet the much needed bed demand in Sonoma County. Also in construction on the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital campus is a new Cardiac Institute and Emergency Department expansion. Both projects are anticipated to be completed by the end of 2008.

Kevin Boots, AIA, LEED AP Named Principal

January 2008

RBB Architects Inc is pleased to announce the elevation of Kevin Boots, AIA, LEED AP to Principal. During the past 19 years as the firm's Director of Production, Mr. Boots has advanced the firm's CAD capabilities with innovative programs and hands-on training. His exceptional leadership and technical solutions at RBB continue to advance the efficiency and value of our services to our clients and ensures the success of their projects.

Deneys Purcell, AIA, LEED AP Named President

January 2008

We are pleased to announce that Deneys Purcell, AIA, LEED AP has been named President of RBB Architects Inc. Mr. Purcell's experience spans every dimension of the profession from master planning, programming, design to project delivery. During his tenure with RBB, Mr. Purcell has worked for a number of high profile clients such as Catholic Healthcare West and the Directors Guild of America.

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Imaging Center Receives AIA Design Award

January 19, 2008

AIA San Fernando Valley honored the 2007 Design Award winners in a ceremony at the Sheraton Universal City Hotel on January 19, 2008. RBB Architects received an award for the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Newport Tech Center Renovation. Additionally RBB nominated Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) for the Best Client Award which was also presented at the awards banquet.

RBB President, Joel Jaffe, AIA, ACHA, Retires

December 2007

RBB announces the retirement of RBB President, Joel Jaffe, AIA, ACHA. Mr. Jaffe retires after a remarkable 35 year career with RBB. Prior to joining RBB in 1972, Jaffe had been in practice for 20 years. With a specialized master's degree from Columbia University's School of Public Health, Mr. Jaffe's career focused extensively on the healthcare environment. His credits include over 100 medical facilities including Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Hospital, Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Jaffe will remain active in the community where he is involved with the AIA San Fernando Valley and the San Fernando Valley Economic Alliance.

RBB Oakland Office Changes Location

December 2007

The Oakland Office of RBB Architects has moved! The new offices will allow us to better serve our clients and offer opportunity for future growth. The move marks a major milestone for RBB's northern California office, established in 2000 as a field office to oversee the construction of Alameda County Medical Center.

Our new address is: RBB Architects Inc Plaza 360 22nd Street, Suite 350 Oakland, CA 94612 Telephone and fax will remain the same.

RBB Selected for Design of USC BioMed Park

November 2007

RBB Architects Inc has been selected to design a new BioMed Tech park for the University of Southern California (USC). RBB will provide full architectural and engineering services for the new 100,000 SF research building located on 11 acres adjacent to the USC Health Sciences campus. The BioMed Tech research park will create a signature hub for biosciences innovation in the Los Angeles region.

RBB Opens New Sacramento Office

October 2007

RBB Architects Inc is growing! To better service our Northern California clients, RBB has opened an office in Sacramento. RBB Sacramento will be providing technical and construction administration services to our Sacramento area projects including Mercy San Juan Medical Center and Mercy Elk Grove Hospital.

RBB Architects Inc 2520 Venture Oaks Way Suite 210 Sacramento, CA 95833 Telephone: (916) 333 - 5245

RBB Ranked in Top Healthcare Design Firms Nationwide

July 2007

RBB Architects has been ranked #19 in Building Design & Constructions top 100 healthcare design firms.

RBB Interior Design Innovations Recognized

June 2007

Furniture & Interiors magazine details the design innovations of RBB Architects Inc in the Summer 2007 edition. The article, titled "Timeless Designs" features an interview from Annie Laurie Becket, Director of Interior Design.

RBB Ranked in Top 10 L.A. Design Firms

January 2007

RBB is recognized in the Los Angeles Business Journal ranking of "The Top Architectural Firms." In LABJ's annual survey of architectural firms in Los Angeles County, RBB is ranked #6.

Mercy Medical Center Merced Breaks Ground

January 2007

Construction of Mercy Medical Center Replacement Hospital began with a groundbreaking on January 9, 2007 on the new site in Merced, CA. Lloyd Dean, chief executive officer of Catholic Healthcare West, David Dunham, president of Mercy and Ellie Wooten, mayor of Merced were on hand to kick off the project. The $262 million, 7 story tower will provide 185 beds and will see its first patients in December 2009.

RBB Selected to Design Boise State University Science Building

December 2006

The State of Idaho has selected RBB for the design and construction of the Boise State University Center for Environmental Science and Economic Development. The project comprises a new $27,300,000 laboratory building of approximately 70,000 gross square feet and will include research and teaching laboratories, laboratory support spaces, office and administrative areas.

UCR Genomics Building Breaks Ground

October 2006

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 18 for the new Genomics Building at the University of California, Riverside. The Genomics building will house the Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, which includes the Center for Plant Cell Biology, the Biotechnology Impacts Center and the Center for Disease-Vector Research. The four story, 64,000 ASF building will be home to more than 200 faculty members, graduate student, postdoctoral and staff researches from the departments of botany and plant sciences, plant pathology, entomology and neurosciences. The project was designed in collaboration with Shepley Bullfinch Richardson and Abbott of Boston.

Antelope Valley Hospital Dedicates Women and Infants Pavilion

July 2006

RBB celebrated the opening of the Antelope Valley Hospital Women and Infants Pavilion on July 20, 2006. The 74,000 square-foot building is a culmination of planning, teamwork and hard work by hospital employees, doctors, administrators and the A/E Team.

The newly renovated building being celebrated now houses a state-of-the-art neonatal intensive care unit with 21 bassinets; a nursery with 22 bassinets; 16 labor, delivery and recovery rooms; 39 private rooms that can accommodate overnight stays by fathers; and three operating room suites. Each of the pavilion's 39 private rooms can be altered to accommodate two mothers to meet the demands of the growing Antelope Valley community.

RBB Selected for Renovations of Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital

July 2006

St. Joseph Health System has awarded RBB the East Wing Renovation at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. The project encompasses approximately 23,000 SF of gut renovation and an estimated construction cost of $14M. The project is being built in conjunction with RBB's other project at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, the Cardiac Institute.

RBB Architects Inc Oakland Celebrates 6th Year Anniversary

June 2006

Opened in 2000 as a project office, RBB Oakland has grown to be a full service facility with a tireless commitment to the projects and clients. RBB Oakland has contributed to Highlands Hospital in Oakland, CA, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Sierra Nevada Women's Center, St. Elizabeth Community Hospital, Antelope Valley Hospital, Lawrence Livermore Labs, and St. Agnes Memorial Hospital to name a few.

RBB Architects Inc Oakland office is located in the Fourth Street Lofts historic adaptive reuse project renovated in 1991 from the old Western States Grocery Company constructed 1926 in the historic Oakland Waterfront Warehouse District.

USC Selects RBB for New Cardiovascular Clinics

June 2006

RBB has been awarded the USC Cardiovascular Thoracic Institute (CVTI) located on the USC Health Sciences Campus. The CVTI will feature four outpatient clinic modules which will be used for patient care in multiple disciplines. In support of the core clinical program there will be a Patient Lounge and Library, a Heart Healthy Café, a Wellness Center and a Bed and Breakfast that will enhance the patient centered healing environment that characterizes this project. The CVTI will be located next to the RBB designed Healthcare Consultation Center 2.

RBB Announces Staff Promotions

April 2006

RBB is pleased to announce the following Associate promotions: Nick Eischeid Craig Laurie Matt Oda James Wieck

RBB Ranked in ENR Top 500

April 2006

Engineering News Record (ENR) has ranked RBB Architects Inc the No. 377 architectural design firm in the country. RBB moved up 50 spots from the previous year. The results of the magazine's 2006 Top 500 Design Firms were published in the April 24, 2006 issue.

RBB Announces Staff Promotions

January 2006

RBB Architects Inc is please to announce the promotions of Cherry Huie and Elaine Tan to Senior Associate and Anny Jhoun and Rebecca Phipps to Associate.

Ms. Hui has been responsible for medical, residential and commercial facilities as a project architect, planner and manager for all phases of design from schematics through construction administration.

Ms. Tan has over 20 years of experience performing planning, equipment coordinating and CAD drafting responsibilities for medical, residential and industrial facilities.

Ms. Jhoun joined RBB in 1994 and has worked on a wide variety of architectural and interior design projects from inception through construction documents and is currently a member of our architectural planning team.

Ms. Phipps has more than 13 years experience working with an architectural team in all phases of Architectural Planning with strenth in educational facilities.

RBB Receives AIA Design Award

December 2005

RBB Architects Inc (RBB) received a 2005 AIA Design Award in the unbuilt category from the American Institute of Architects San Fernando Valley Chapter for our design of the Hoag Memorial Hospital Ancillary Services Building Renovation. Additionally RBB also won a "Best Client" Award for Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier, CA.

RBB Ranked #21 Among Top Design Firms in California Real Estate Journal

October 2005

RBB is ranked as one of California's top architecture firms according to the just published "California's Leading Architecture Survey", appearing in the October 24, 2005 issue of the California Real Estate Journal. RBB's #21 position is an improved position from the firm's thirty first ranking in the previous survey. The survey ranked firms on their billings for design and planning in California based on a June to July fiscal year.

RBB Architects Inc announces the promotion Annie Laurie Becket, NCIDQ to Associate.

August 2005

With over 18 years of design experience, Annie Laurie Beckett directs RBB's interior design group. Becket's experience ranges from educational, hospitality, medical, office and public assembly projects. This diversification enhances her ability to successfully enter new design practice areas with ease. Beckett received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York and New York School of Interior Design.

RBB Ranked in ENR Top 500

April 2005

Engineering News Record (ENR) has ranked RBB Architects Inc (RBB) the No. 427 architectural design firm in the country. The results of the magazine's 2005 Top 500 Design Firms were published in the April 18, 2005 issue.

RBB Completes Phase 1 of Mission Hospital's Emergency Department and Trauma Center Expansion

April 2005

RBB Architects Inc (RBB) celebrated the completion of Phase 1 of Mission Hospital's Emergency Department and Trauma Center Expansion with the opening of the new dedicated pediatric area. The Emergency Department pediatric area will serve more than 25,000 patients annually, and includes 11 private exam rooms and a dedicated waiting room, apart from adult patients. The new area is specially designed to help ease children's anxieties, with brightly painted walls and floors, and child-friendly furnishings.

RBB Selected for Mercy Medical Center Remodel and Expansion

March 2005

RBB Architects Inc (RBB) has been awarded another CHW project. RBB will be responsible for the remodel of the Women and Children's floor and the renovation and expansion of the Emergency Department at Mercy Medical Center in Redding, California.

Olive Shroder, AIA, LEED AP Achieves ACHA Board Certification

March 2005

RBB Architects Inc (RBB) congratulates Olive Schroder, AIA, LEED AP on her recent American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) board certification. ACHA members work to improve healthcare architecture on behalf of the public. ACHA, the first organization to provide board certification for architects who practice as healthcare specialists, offers the certification exam to architects with five or more years of licensed experience with the majority of their practice in healthcare. Ms. Schroder joins her colleagues Joe Balbona and Joel Jaffe in this honor.

RBB Selected for St. Elizabeth Community Hospital Master Plan

March 2005

RBB Architects Inc (RBB) has been awarded a new project by Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) at St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff, CA. The project consists of a Campus Master Planning effort.

USC Healthcare Consultation Center II Wins AIA Design Award

January 2005

RBB Architects Inc (RBB) received a 2004 AIA Design Award in the built category from the American Institute of Architects San Fernando Valley Chapter for our design of the new USC Healthcare Consultation Center II. Additionally RBB nominated clients Daughters of Charity Health System and The University of Southern California (USC) received "Best Client" awards.

RBB Selected for Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian New Outpatient Building

January 2005

Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian has selected RBB for the new Lower Campus Outpatient Building. RBB's second project on the Hoag Memorial campus in Newport Beach will be a new 70,000 SF free standing outpatient building featuring cutting edge Gamma Knife radiation technology, imaging, a neuroscience center and oncology. The estimated construction cost is $22 million.