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Shriners for Children Medical Center Tour

June 29, 2018 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC-8

AIALA COTE Cote Committee Presents:
Shriners for Children Medical Center Tour

Designed By: CO Architects

Tour Led By: CO Architects + superjacent

Learning Units: 1.5 Health|Safety|Welfare


The new Shriners for Children Medical Center in Pasadena, California represents a paradigm shift in the care model that moves from an inpatient to a largely outpatient model. The design leverages evidence-based design, the redevelopment of a suburban site, and an outward-facing building design to provide a positive emotional journey for patients and families.  Many different strategies have been used in the building to provide access to daylight and conserve energy. The child and family-centric design transforms the patient experience and is closely tied to its stewardship of the environment.

The site incorporates a healing garden and outdoor terraces accommodating rehabilitation activities tuned to patient progress, safety needs, and family participation. Balancing patient privacy needs and the public nature of garden space, the light-filled building with its terraces serves as a brand ambassador that invites and embraces both patients and community. The design incorporates the latest EBD findings to enhance the patient experience. We will show through multiple examples how these strategies can be useful in for patients and staff, while exploring how enhanced daylighting and other measures can improve the performance of the building.


Photo Credit: Tom Bonner


  • Fabian Kremkus, AIA, LEED GA – Design Principal, CO Architects
  • Eyal Perchik AIA, ACHA – Principal, CO Architects
  • Susan Han, LEED GA – Designer, CO Architects
  • Tony Paradowski – Partner + Landscape Architect, superjacent
  • Chris Torres – Partner + Landscape Architect, superjacent

Fabian Kremkus, AIA, LEED GA – Design Principal, CO Architects

Fabian Kremkus is a design principal with CO Architects in Los Angeles. During his 23-year career, he has designed major healthcare, civic, corporate, research and academic facilities in California, throughout the country and internationally. Healthcare clients include Shriners Hospitals, Palomar Health and Kaiser Permanente. Fabian was the senior designer of the envelope for the 650,000-sf Palomar Medical Center in Southern California; other assignments include the, 565,000-sf KP San Diego Medical Center and the 75,000-sf Shriners for Children Medical Center, Pasadena. Fabian received his Master of Architecture in Architecture from the University of Braunschweig, Germany and is an avid cyclist.

Eyal Perchik AIA, ACHA – Principal, CO Architects

A principal of CO Architects and one of its healthcare leaders, Eyal Perchik brings 30 years of experience managing a wide range of healthcare projects consisting of earthquake repair and seismic retrofit projects, new replacement hospitals, renovated hospitals, ambulatory centers and administrative buildings. Eyal understands the needs of mission-driven healthcare institutions, and excels in the management of complex projects with many constituents and diverse needs. He has directed many significant California healthcare projects. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the Southern California Institute of Architecture, and has served as an instructor in the UCLA Extension program. He has also co-chaired the Los Angeles AIA Healthcare Committee and continues to contribute to its ongoing success.

Susan Han, LEED GA – Designer, CO Architects

Susan Han joined CO in 2017 as a designer. She has collaborated on a variety of projects in the healthcare, education, and commercial sectors. As an architect, Susan is interested in the interplay between solid objects and voids, and the relationship of landforms and facades. She holds a Bachelor of Architecture from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.

Tony Paradowski – Partner + Landscape Architect, superjacent

Tony Paradowski is a landscape architect and urbanist with over 25 years of experience creating public and private projects from concept to completion. Initially trained as an architect, Tony’s expansive view of design pushed his interest beyond architecture to engage the urban and natural context. His enthusiasm and passion for design are visible in everything he does. Prior to co-founding Superjacent, Tony was a Senior Associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios leading interdisciplinary design teams on a wide range of projects for over 16 years. Tony led a team of architects, landscape architects, and consultants to create Grand Park, a 12-acre world-class park in the heart of DTLA. The project has received multiple local and national design achievement awards and has been featured in publications around the globe. In addition, Tony has provided design leadership on various civic, institutional, mixed use and park projects including the Chess Park in Glendale, Columbia Square in Hollywood and LAC+USC Medical Center.

Chris Torres – Partner + Landscape Architect, superjacent

Chris Torres is a landscape urbanist with 7 years of experience creating urban landscapes in local and international contexts. He brings a strong research background to projects ranging from urban and ecological systems to site-specific interventions. His experience utilizing emerging technologies in landscape architecture, urbanism, and public art creates engaging and memorable contemporary environments. Prior to co-founding Superjacent, Chris was an associate at Rios Clementi Hale Studios, where he held key roles in many large-scale projects. He was a consultant for Walt Disney Imagineering, SOM, and the public art program at LA METRO. He was a visiting researcher of urban design at QUT in Australia, graduate instructor of Landscape Architecture, Architecture, Planning and Geography at UC Berkeley, and creative director of the GROUND UP Journal. He is actively involved in research through Proyecto MegaAgua, which identifies water assets and develops innovative technologies to allow for increased potable water availability in the global market.


June 29, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm UTC-8
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AIA|LA Commitee On The Environment (COTE)


Shriners for Children Medical Center
909 S Fair Oaks Ave.
Pasadena, CA 91105
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