A 45,000 square-foot Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center for UCLA, designed by Folonis Architects, the practice of SCI-Arc faculty member and alum Michael Folonis (B.Arch '79), will be the first Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center in the nation to achieve Gold level LEED Certification for New Construction. The fully funded project has been on the fast-track after gaining approvals from the Santa Monica Planning Commission, and is expected to be completed on 2011.
Folonis' project expresses the continuation of early California Modernist sensibilities and incorporates extensive sustainable, green building strategies. The facility will contain the first fully automated mechanical parking system in Southern California, providing parking for 250 cars. The size of the parking system allows the garage footprint to be approximately 50% smaller than what would be required to park the same amount of cars in a conventional garage. Additionally, on site excavation, energy consumption, electrical lighting, HVAC, ventilation and exhaust requirements are all dramatically reduced.
Michael Folonis has 27 years of experience in design, programming, construction and management and founded his own firm in 1983. Folonis leads every project from conceptual design through full realization. His broad base of experience ranges from mixed-use, multi-family residential, medical, commercial, and single-family projects. He also has extensive experience in the restoration of historically significant Modernist architecture. His office has established itself as one of the leading innovative architectural firms in Los Angeles. His work has received design awards from the state and L.A. chapters of the AIA, The Westside Urban Forum and multiple design publications. The work has been published nationally and internationally, and exhibited in Japan, France, Italy, and Germany.