Kaiser Permanente Hospital Reclad

Santa Rosa, CA

The exterior of the existing Kaiser Santa Rosa Hospital built in the early 1990s was showing signs of aging and was in need of replacement.

The reclad project reinterpreted the original architecture into a contemporary building that was the last component to a campus-wide transformation.


The design and construction team worked together to develop installation details for a whole host of complicated existing conditions. The use of virtual models, physical models and on site mock-ups made a precision installation possible and turned the design intent into reality.


The design utilized a composite metal panel system to mitigate structural impacts and allow for phased construction to keep the hospital operational throughout construction. Design of the metal panel system embraced the complexity of the existing geometry and modernized the identity of the building in an elegant and contemporary aesthetic.

As the final phase of a campus wide transformation, the use of louvered panels on the connection between buildings ties the reclad of the existing hospital to the recently completed hospital expansion. This allows the buildings to work together in a cohesive composition as well as celebrate their differences without competing with each other.


Client: Kaiser Permanente, Santa Rosa

Size: 68,000

Budget: $11 M

Completion: 2014