This campus landscape master plan for a three-phase build-out over the next 15 years includes landscapes for three Medical Office Buildings, a new hospital, multiple parking structures, a central administration building and a comprehensive urban streetscape design. The focus of the design was developing elements that reinforce and express a perception of a healthful and thriving campus landscape that is experienced both in the urban streetscape and from within the architecture.

The landscape establishes a visual continuity of soft- and hard-scape elements to create a unified campus system in which the future buildings are grounded or “sited” binding together its separate component buildings and its spaces into one organic whole. The design establishes a vocabulary of landscape elements that will set a precedent for quality throughout the Kaiser Permanente Campus. It builds upon the relationship to Mosswood Park to the South of the Medical Office Building to extend the perception of this borrowed amenity into and across the new facility to create a connection with Oakland’s Glen Echo Creek parklands to the East.


SITE: Oakland, CA

SCOPE: Landscape Master Plan encompassing streetscape, courtyard, and open space design

DATE: MP Complete 2006

The landscape master plan proposes a multi-centered campus. Some of these centers are courtyards or plazas that connect Kaiser’s buildings and form important entry spaces from the street. Some are activated streets that connect larger areas of the urban campus. And some are paths or passages that connect pedestrian places and precincts within the campus and to adjacent neighborhoods.

The program of the public centers varies as do the character and qualities of these distinct places. The definition of these places relies on the careful shaping of the landscape. A landscape that responds to Kaiser’s particular needs is one that fulfills the needs of the campus community, contributing as an integral part of the larger Oakland community. These needs include circulation, places for rest, connection to amenities and creation of places within the campus that provide distinct character, contrast, exposure to nature, change, pleasure, comfort and a sense of time and growth.