Fremont, CA Adds Seismically-Safe Critical Care Pavilion to Washington Hospital

hospitals fremont by aric crabb staff ebt The lobby (first of three floors) features a massive, glasslined oval atrium. photo- aric crabb for East Bay Times

Officials consider the new Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion at Washingto Hospital in Fremont, CA one of the most seismically-safe facilities in the Bay Area.  The 225,000 sq foot facility was built on a ‘base isolation’ system that allows the structure to move about 3 feet in any horizontal direction in a quake at a cost of $350M & over three years of construction. It’s anticipated that the hospitals’ operations will remain totally intact following an earthquake.

-East Bay Times source of information 

Julia Morgan the Architect – Domain Names Can Speak for Themselves

Anyone who has visisted Hearst Castle knows Julia Morgan’s work. If you haven’t been there, this picture shows a glimpse of the castle-complex. The San Francisco-Bay Area architect designed more than 700 buildings with her Mediterranean & Craftsman styles .

What if she’d lived in the internet age? She might have registered her business as juliamorganarchitect .com. Her name spoke for itself! Yet, her personal mandate that her designs blend in with their environmental surroundings, might have led her in a different direction.

One third of the buildings Julia Morgan designed were on the grounds of women’s colleges or their associations. Julia’s alignment with woman-power made this a win-win. She was an early feminist and led the way for other women taking on male-dominated professions. Her mother modeled female competency by running the family’s household.

Morgan succeeded without the current-day help of domains on the internet. She proved to be a talented, independent, and successful woman taking on a profession few women were in. Morgan’s architectural influence left a lasting mark on California. Word of mouth and seeing the product were social media in her day, serving her well without the internet!

Thanks to Dorrie Langley, a local Bay-Area artist, who shared her research on the architect at the Lafayette Library in CA.