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North Medical Plaza at Community Regional Medical Center, Fresno, Calif.

Photo: David Wakely
Photo: David Wakely

To mark the gateway to Community Regional Medical Center’s outpatient services on its campus, SmithGroupJJR designed North Medical Plaza with a rotated metal cube. Metal was also used as a reflective base and main façade at the entry court. To create visual interest with shadows and reflections, SmithGroupJJR placed metal panels at various depths. The metal panels also complement the texture and color of the stucco building.

Alumawall Inc. fabricated and installed 28,000 square feet of Mitsubishi Chemical Composites America Inc.’s ALPOLIC metal composite material (MCM) with Alumawall’s 1800 Series dry joint system. The panels are coated in three colors and installed at three depths: 2 inches, 3 inches and 4 inches. The three colors are Sherwin-Williams Coil and Extrusion Coatings’ (formerly Valspar Corp.) Fluropon 12117 Gray, Fluropon 12115 Gray and Fluropon 12205 Mica.

To accommodate future growth and allow medical office buildings to expand the courtyard, SmithGroupJJR made North Medial Plaza’s footprint L-shaped. The five-story, 184,000-square-foot building was designed to California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development standards. The facility also houses three outpatient clinics, and office spaces for private practices and academic occupants. The $48 million project was completed in January 2018.