Monterey County Health Department


Salinas, CA

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WRD Architects worked with Monterey County to design the new 47,000-square-foot Health Department headquarters. To reduce downtime and eliminate the need for interim housing, the new building was designed to be constructed adjacent to the existing headquarters, which has now been demolished. Materials were recycled during the demolition process, and the existing asphalt was ground up and used as the foundation for the new parking lots.

The new facility consolidates four Bureaus – Administration, Public Health, Behavioral Health, and Environmental Health – as well as the Public Health Laboratory, into an open office environment which improves communication, maximizes natural lighting, and accommodates growth and fluctuations in program sizes.

The multi-level design steps down the existing topography and minimizes building mass while tying into the existing Natividad medical campus.


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