Inspired by the meaning of ‘Ohana’ in Hawaiian culture, the design concept replicates the bond between family as well as the cooperation and remembrance of one another, bringing a space of natural warmth, healing, and safety.

Project Essentials

  • LocationMonterey, CA
  • ClientOhana Montage Health
  • ArchitectNBBJ
  • Area60,000 ft² (5,600 m²)
  • BudgetUS$65 million

This three-story mass timber and steel hybrid health facility comes with residential care areas, offices, and therapy support spaces. Mass timber is used for the primary framing, establishing a balance between structural function and beauty. Exposed interior timber finishing emulates the oak trees surrounding the facility on this 10-acre site while simultaneously, expansive glazing extends people’s connections with the outdoors. Additionally, the optimization of multi-sensory integration and treatment of weather and seasonal changes helps with minimizing the building’s carbon footprint.

This new facility is a commitment to its Monterey community – bringing together a safe environment to address adolescent behaviour and mental health issues through the principles set forth by the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula.