The Oregon Health & Science University Center for Women’s Health is a comprehensive women’s health center located in the new Peter O. Kohler Pavilion. The center was designed to provide a complete service for women with exam rooms, imaging facilities, procedure rooms, and public spaces all on one floor. The plan allows access from one area to another without having to re-enter any major public space.

The Center is accessible through two entry points—women’s imaging and general health. The waiting areas are directly connected to the entry points and located at the perimeter to take advantage of natural light and spectacular views. The waiting areas for the clinic were broken up into two distinct areas to allow for privacy. These areas, along with a connecting corridor, integrally tie the interior spaces with the exterior healing gardens. From this main public circulation spine, access is available to the individual practices and public areas, where evening functions can occur.

Materials and finishes in the center were developed to provide a warm, comforting environment using stone and wood veneers that enhance the environment and are especially critical in the Pacific Northwest.

Project category: Addition (completed July 2006)

Chief administrator: Ali Sadri, Facilities Director, (503) 494-2234

Firms: Petersen Kolberg & Associates, PC, (503) 968-6800; Czopek & Erdenberger, (503) 242-0956

Design team: Steve Kolberg, Principal-in-Charge; Jim Knees, Project Architect; Tony Fennig, Project Coordinator (Petersen Kolberg & Associates, PC); Georgia Erdenberger, Interior Designer (Czopek & Erdenberger)

Photography: Stickley Photography

Total building area (sq. ft.): 30,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $333

Total construction cost (excluding land): $10,000,000