To serve their expanding membership base, Kaiser Permanente decided to replace its aging Towson Medical center with a new medical hub in Timonium, a suburb north of Baltimore, Maryland. The organization called on Gresham Smith to deliver a design that would embrace both the surrounding community’s historic, industrial roots, while also reflecting its young, vibrant energy.
By marrying steel-colored materials and perforated metal on the buildings’ exterior, with bold pops of color inside, alongside sustainable strategies to reduce energy consumption and prioritize transit accessibility, our team created a 225,000-square-foot bed-less hospital and seven-story parking garage. Now, community members will be able to receive Kaiser Permanente’s award-winning health care in a state-of-the-art medical center.
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A Community in the CrossroadsLocated on a 5-acre sliver of land between Interstate 83 and Maryland’s Light Rail, and adjacent to a large Metro Bus Stop, the North Baltimore Hub is located at a crossroads for various transit corridors, giving patients and staff numerous transportation options. Whether arriving by bus, car or train, our team purposefully planned pedestrian flows to give visitors a cohesive experience. The design also incorporates a Thrive Walk, a vegetated walkway featuring sculptures and a bold mural created by local artists, that runs from the public transit stops all the way to the facility’s front door.
A Striking ExteriorUsing a variety of prefabricated components, the L-shaped building’s diagnostic and treatment block is clad in a rust-colored steel wrap that nods to Baltimore’s industrial history, while the taller tower uses large expanses of glass and modern fins to reference the City’s technology-fueled future. The adjacent seven-story parking garage is draped in wire mesh that complements the medical building while allowing air and light to make their way deep into the space. A drop-off canopy connects the two structures, using glass and perforated metal to create a light, airy feel.
We Have That ServiceIn addition to primary care, 24/7 urgent care, and a full range of radiology services and pharmacy operations, the 225,000-square-foot space also houses specialty medical and surgical care, including optometry, oncology, orthopedics, obstetrics/gyn, behavioral health, and more. A monumental stair in the two-story main lobby encourages physical activity and connects visitors to retail, dining and ancillary functions, while the clinics are accessible from a main circulation zone that runs the length of the tower. The interior furniture and finishes complement the exterior, using black and rust-colored metal to honor Baltimore’s history and bold pops of Kaiser Permanente’s brand colors to modernize the space. Strategic signage and clinic-specific color schemes aid in wayfinding.
To allow the facility to flex as Kaiser Permanente’s membership base continues to grow, the team utilized specialized steel connections, demountable wall partitions, and pre-manufactured head walls. Additionally, a standardized clinic design will enable the building to accommodate new modalities without renovation.