The design of the Palo Alto Medical Foundation's San Carlos Center exhibits a holistic approach to healthcare design that ensures the wellbeing of the end-user, community and the environment.

Located on a prominent, reclaimed brownfield site, the San Carlos Center and the surrounding campus are designed to provide an entrance to the community. The project was originally planned as an integrated inpatient and outpatient healthcare facility, but was built as a two-phase development. Phase One is comprised of a four-level outpatient clinic, administrative offices, an ambulatory surgery center and a four-level parking structure. The facility utilizes distinctive architectural features based on the regional mission style to enhance its visibility, while providing a space for medical clinics and offices, outpatient surgery, interventional services, and support services. The second phase, an inpatient hospital, remains part of PAMF’s future growth plans for the location.

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Awards and Publications


Architects for Health, Design Award Finalist
Contract Interiors Award, Healthcare
IIDA Healthcare Interior Design Competition, Best Medical Office Building Public Spaces
IIDA Northern Pacific, INhealthcare15 Award
Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), Illumination Award of Merit
Interior Design, Best of Year, Large Healthcare


San Francisco Business Times, “Sutter and PAMF set to open $200 million new San Carlos Center on Monday,”
November 13, 2014
Interior Design, “Nature and Nurture: NBBJ's Palo Alto Medical Foundation San Carlos Center,” July 30, 2015
Contract, “Palo Alto Medical Foundation San Carlos Center,” September 28, 2015