The Mayo Clinic-Arizona has experienced significant growth since its 1987 founding in Scottsdale. Currently employing a staff of over 5,000, it serves 300,000 patients annually and supports a growing science research program. In 1998, Mayo Clinic Hospital opened on the 210-acre Phoenix campus and is now the location for future growth of clinical services, hospital expansion, research programs, education, and administration.
Sasaki's master plan for the Phoenix site covers a 40-year planning horizon with an emphasis on the first 10 years of growth. Half of the mixed-use program of 5.9 million gross square feet is allocated to clinic and hospital growth. The remaining program is a mix of space for laboratory, research, education, administration, residential, hospitality, retail, and storage. The master plan arranges these uses to facilitate medical practice, orient visitors, and foster interaction between medical staff.
The natural arroyo landform provides the organizing framework for the medical campus. The open space system is integral to the plan and includes a hierarchy of arrival courts, promenades, garden parks, walks, and courtyards that provides a diversity of comfortable outdoor microclimates that act as the connective tissue knitting the medical campus together. Sustainable design principles of building orientation and massing, water use, and energy conservation physically reinforce the healing goals of the Mayo Clinic organization.
Sasaki's work for the Mayo Clinic-Arizona addresses the institution's future growth needs and demonstrates how its two campuses can expand and evolve together, establishing them as the leading academic tertiary referral center in the southwest. The campuses serve as the western door to the Mayo system, attending to the healthcare needs of the western hemisphere and Asia.
The master plan was developed in collaboration with Oliver & Associates, Inc., OVE ARUP Partners, and Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.
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