Bluhon Group | Engaging Neighbors to Design a Hospital

Engaging Neighbors to Design a Hospital

Kaiser Permanente


Kaiser Permanente engaged NBBJ Architects of Seattle, Washington to design a new hospital and a parking garage on its 19.5 acre site at the MacArthur/Broadway intersection in Oakland, California. The City required Kaiser to complete a plan acceptable to the community and subject to Planning Commission review and approval. Kaiser retained Bluhon Group to conduct public engagement for the hospital design process and for development of new signage.


Bluhon Group facilitated eight community workshops over 18 months; each tightly integrated with the architectural design process. Meetings consisted of well-structured content presentations by Kaiser and NBBJ, followed by Q&A, community dialogue, and closed with questions and tasks for the design team.


The Kaiser project team received full support from the community and the Planning Commission unanimously adopted the design. Turner Construction has since constructed the facility and is being prepared for commissioning in 2013.