A new 50,000-square foot medical office building has opened for business on the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center campus at 1223 16th St., Santa Monica.

The three-story building houses eight operating rooms for outpatient surgery, a linear accelerator for radiation oncology, a laboratory and a pharmacy, as well as space for future growth. It also contains clinical offices for several UCLA Department of Medicine practices, including allergy, Food and Drug Allergy Care Center, Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, digestive diseases, pulmonary and sleep medicine and nephrology.

“This magnificent building will be a great addition to our new Santa Monica campus,” said Dr. David Feinberg, president of UCLA Health System. “It not only increases our surgical capacity in Santa Monica, but also helps us provide a better patient experience to those undergoing outpatient procedures or radiation therapy.”

Designed by Los Angeles-based Michael W. Folonis Architects and built by private developer Nautilus Group Inc. in partnership with UCLA, the building contains numerous sustainable features and will be the health system’s first structure to achieve LEED Gold designation, hospital officials said.

Green features include a passive solar design, recycled and locally sourced materials, efficient water systems and a rooftop photovoltaic system that provides approximately 15 percent of the building’s energy needs.

According to UCLA Health System, the building also features the West Coast’s first fully automated parking system, which automatically parks and retrieves visitors’ cars while they wait in a nearby parking lobby. The state-of-the-art system accommodates 385 cars and is 50 percent smaller than conventional garages.

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