UCLA MEDICAL CENTER MASTER PLAN, LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES
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UCLA MEDICAL CENTER MASTER PLAN
LOS ANGELES, CA, UNITED STATES

The 1994 Northridge earthquake irreparably damaged the UCLA Medical School. To evaluate the consequences of this event and to prepare for the rebuilding of the compromised infrastructure, the Board of Regents commissioned Pei Partnership Architects to execute a Master Plan, the primary goal of which was to integrate hospital care with teaching and research.

The Master Plan describes a comprehensive reorganization of the Medical School that renews and strengthens its internal organization and provides a dignified gateway entrance to the University. The plan envisions not only the staged redevelopment of this precinct but also a conscious adoption of the pattern of quadrangles and pathways, scale and materials of the original North Campus.

Future expansion of the Medical School is among the goals the plan addresses. In identifying prospective sites and both specific and generic uses for them, the plan establishes a hierarchy that reflects the progression of basic and clinical research, inpatient and outpatient treatment that is a signature of the School. The new Medical School will become the physical as well as symbolic link between teaching and research.

A central initiative involves the transformation of Westwood Boulevard into a landscaped and pedestrian-oriented spine originating at the threshold of Westwood Village and terminating at the entrance to the North Campus. The Boulevard’s reduced lanes and brick paving moderates vehicular flow while the replacement of a stately but depleted allee of eucalyptus trees with a mature and overlapping canopy of ficus trees restores the formal character and dignity of this major gateway.