Barlow Respiratory Hospital
Located next to Dodger Stadium near downtown Los Angeles, Barlow Respiratory Hospital is a long-term acute care hospital that started as a tuberculosis sanitarium in the twentieth century. Jensen + Partners was engaged to reposition Barlow for the twenty-first century by planning a new wellness and healthy living community that takes advantage of the dramatic ravine setting of its 25-acre site, and its adjacency to Barlow’s replacement hospital facility. Barlow’s healthy living community will incorporate design features reflecting a healthy lifestyle. The healthy living community will incorporate historically significant buildings from the original Barlow complex to be retained and re-purposed. New construction will include assisted living and family housing.
Land entitlement changes have been presented to the Los Angeles City Planning Department in the form of a Draft Environmental Impacts Report, which solicited a broader and more in depth conversation with neighborhood groups, which question the change of character of this rustic health care campus into a more active mixed residential and clinical program. An intensive Focus Group series was implemented using outreach with community engagement consultants and city council staff. This gathering of 18 members met during four 90-minute sessions that were moderated by a city appointed facilitator. Their recommendations were taken into discussion with prospective developers for the residential portion of the Healthy Living Community. This resulted in a change of building type in order to broaden the variety of unit types, enhance the utilization of historic structures, and reduce the development density with the application of an innovative architectural prototype. This development has positioned Barlow Hospital for long-term sustainability as a key contributor to the continuum of care for the greater Los Angeles County region.