Sutter Health’s PACE Program to be Relocated in Sacramento’s River District

January 8, 2018


Hospitality-inspired environment designed to promote independent living for community seniors in centralized, modern facility.

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture (D+B) announces the design of a newly renovated 45,000-square-foot space for Sutter Health’s Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE), known as Sutter SeniorCare PACE. The renovated facility will provide a large hospitality-inspired adult day health center, adjacent Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSHPD) Level 3-compliant clinic space. Additionally, the project will feature 10,000 square feet of outdoor courtyards for recreational programs and physical therapy activities for the health system’s senior participant population. The project merges two existing PACE locations into one comprehensive facility, optimizing PACE participant experience and quality of care, improving efficiency, and allowing for future growth. Construction will begin in December 2017 with completion scheduled for May 2018.

For the design, Jaymi Alas, CID, interior designer for the project at D+B, was inspired by the confluence of the Sacramento and American rivers located near the building. “Where the rivers meet, critical changes occur that significantly alter what happens downstream,” said Alas. “In the same way, this facility has a profound effect on participants and staff, positively influencing the daily care provided and ultimately their long-term quality of life.”

The overall design incorporates natural and organically-influenced materials combined with modern design elements to create a high-end, hospitality-inspired interior environment.

Interior and exterior courtyards provide calming elements, tranquil outdoor views, and physical therapy activities for participants. Also included in the facility are areas for performances, crafts, gardening, meals, and salon appointments.

DesCor Builders is managing the preconstruction and construction of the interior and exterior renovations, which includes a large-open therapy room with high ceilings, full commercial kitchen, and new steel and stone bus entry canopy. “With Dreyfuss + Blackford’s well-thought-out program and interior design, this project has been a great partnership with Sutter Health and a great enhancement to build for the neighborhood. It will absolutely contribute to the revitalization of the River District,” said Anthony Stonehocker, preconstruction manager at DesCor Builders. The facility is centrally located near downtown Sacramento and Interstate 5. Approximately 120 employees will work at the site when it reaches full capacity.

Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture

Dreyfuss + Blackford Architecture, founded in ­1950 in Sacramento, Calif., with an office in San Francisco, is a mid-size firm headquartered in the California capital. The firm serves corporate, public, and institutional markets with solutions achieved through collaboration and innovation. Committed to a sustainable future, D+B brings expertise in architecture, master planning, interiors, graphic design, and construction services. Recently completed projects include PG&E’s Gas Safety Academy, CLARA Midtown – E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts, and the Placer County Animal Services Center.

Sutter Health

Sutter Health was named one of the nation’s top five large health systems in 2016 thanks to its integrated network of physician, employee and volunteer pioneers—more than 60,000 people strong. Rooted in Sutter Health’s not-for-profit mission, these team members partner to deliver exceptional care that feels personal. From physician offices to hospitals to outpatient care centers and home services, they proudly support and learn from the more than 3 million people in their care—nearly 1 percent of the U.S. population, in one of the most diverse and innovative regions in the world. Sutter pioneers adopt new technologies, make novel discoveries and embrace creative thinking to help patients and communities achieve their best health. From its street nurse program that provides check-ups for homeless people, to telemedicine-aided specialist consultations, to walk-in care clinics, to smart glass technology, the Sutter Health team goes beyond traditional models to make care more convenient and to nurture and empower people throughout their medical journey.

DesCor Builders

DesCor Builders, founded in 2005 by Brad Des Jardin and Neal Cordeiro, is a licensed general contractor, based in Rancho Cordova, Calif., providing both full-service preconstruction, general contracting and construction management services throughout Northern California. DesCor’s team are committed construction professionals, whose purpose is to build a lasting legacy of great buildings and even greater relationships. Their people and perfected practices ensure construction projects that are accurately planned, astutely managed and delivered on time for the best value with no surprises. Recently completed projects include Sunrise Memory Care, Ettore’s Bakery and Café in Roseville, and McKinley Village Recreation Center.

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