On June 16, Kaiser Doctors and area leaders broke ground at what will eventually be the new Promenade Medical Office Building in south Elk Grove.
The two-story, 67,000- square-foot Kaiser Permanente facility will be designed to focus on matters affecting patients' mind, body and soul.
It will feature a 50-meter outdoor sports track that will be part of a 4,000-square-foot Sports Medicine Center where athletes can be evaluated and rehabilitated.
In addition to the sports center, the medical office will also house adult medicine, pediatrics, women's health, health education, radiology, laboratory and pharmacy services.
The building is scheduled to open in late 2011.
Elk Grove Mayor Sophia Scherman, Vice Mayor Steve Detrick, city council member Pat Hume, Dr. Richard Isaacs, M.D., and Dr. Lisa Liu, M.D., broke ground where the new facility will be built.
“Your presence in Elk Grove means more quality health and wellness for our residents,” Scherman said in a speech before they broke ground.
Dr. Isaacs and Dr. Liu also addressed the crowd.
Liu said the building will be “thoughtfully designed” with soothing colors, local artwork and a coffee bistro inside.
“We're committed to making our facility a one-stop shop,” she said.
The new office will have a Healthy Living store where members can buy health and wellness equipment.
“We've been looking forward to this for quite some time,” Isaacs said. “Driving through the community, we're aware of the economic impact in this area.”
Liu echoed that statement in her speech, saying, “I'm sure it won't be long until this facility is surrounded by retail stores and restaurants.”
The building will be adjacent to the vacant Elk Grove Promenade Mall site where construction halted due to developer General Growth Properties undergoing bankruptcy.
When Scherman addressed the crowd, she discussed the unfinished mall behind her. “Although there is no set date, the mall will open,” Scherman said; “hopefully, within two years, it will be completed.”
Kaiser is thinking about the future, Isaacs said.
“We're really hoping this will stimulate this part of the region,” he said.
In the past 10 years, Kaiser has added 30,000 new area patients. This new facility will be able to accommodate the health needs of current and future members.
Since 1999, Kaiser began phasing out the use of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic in construction and implemented more environmentally friendly construction materials in their building designs.
The Promenade Medical Office Building will be built so that solar energy panels can be added in the future.