The Women’s Center is a landmark facility that houses two primary tenants, Asante Women’s Imaging, and The Women’s Health Center of Southern Oregon. The project prominently features natural materials that emphasize both beauty and durability, and also connect the building with the surrounding context. Local stone and wood products are featured throughout the building. The façade features a high-performance rainscreen system with metal panels, composite stone panels, and a coursed stone base to delineate the building’s massing and reflect the interior spaces.

The team developed a concept to maintain patient privacy and a feeling of safety and comfort while bringing in peripheral daylight in the form of transoms, skylights, and clerestory windows. The two-story lobby is wrapped with a glazed curtain wall and topped with a wood ceiling. Just inside the entry is an area where visitors can wait in a space that connects the indoors to adjacent gardens.

The facility has a water feature that uses reclaimed roof water in one of the gardens. The building is buffered by ornamental and functional swales, allowing for natural drainage. Local riverbeds were the influence for the design of the natural swales and vegetation. The landscaping for the grounds allows for direct interaction between inside and outside for visitors, patients, and staff. The form of the building utilizes retaining walls that are an extension of the architecture and that embrace the surrounding landscape.

The LEED Silver-certified features include a highly efficient HVAC system; efficient lighting and controls, including dimmable LED site lighting; an electric car-charging station and HOV parking; green power; local sustainable, recycled, and low-VOC materials; air-quality monitoring; on-site storm water management; and green building education.


  • Owner: Asante Health System
  • Architect: TVA Architects
  • General Contractor: R.A. Murphy
  • MEP: Interface Engineering
  • Civil Engineering: KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Structural Engineer: KPFF Consulting Engineers
  • Landscape Architect: Terra Fluxus
  • LEED Consultant: Green Building Services
  • Geotechnical Engineer: GRI
  • Surveyor: Terrasurvey Inc.
  • Traffic: Southern Oregon Transportation Engineering
  • Arborist: Bartlett Tree Service
  • Medical Planner: The Estime Group