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BUSINESS NEWS WARE MALCOMB ANNOUNCES COMPLETION OF KECK MEDICINE OF USC BUENA PARK ONCOLOGY CLINIC Ware Malcomb , an award-winning international design firm, announced construction is complete on the new Keck Medicine of University of Southern California Buena Park Oncology Clinic located at 5832 Beach Blvd, Suite 201 in Buena Park, California. Ware Malcomb provided interior architecture and design services for the medical office tenant improvement project. Keck Medicine of USC’s new oncology infusion therapy clinic is located on the second floor of a five-story mixed-use building. The 4,600 square foot facility consists of eight infusion bays, two private infusion treatment rooms, five exam rooms, two nurse stations, seven clinical support rooms, four administrative support rooms, and four single occupancy restrooms. The interior design uses a centralized circulation layout with the patient examination and clinical administrative support rooms surrounding the internally placed clinical support rooms. The infusion bays are placed within an open space plan at the corner of the suite, which provides ample natural light and views to the outside, while internal mid-height partitions provide

a level of privacy to the clients utilizing the infusion bays. The interior color palette consists of mostly white with a combination of tan, grey, and blue hues that provide a light and relaxing aesthetic. Modern linear pendants along with textured upholstery and wood details provide the space with a level of warmth while maintaining the calm and clean environment appropriate for a clinic. “An important focus of this project was accommodating all of the clinical requirements of the space within the existing footprint while still focusing on the clean, calming nature of the guest experience,” said Mila Volkova, Director, Healthcare Design of Ware Malcomb’s Irvine office. “Utilizing every square inch and relying heavily on the circulation path, the design team was able to provide all the required exam rooms and infusion bays while still creating an inviting and private environment for guests.” For more than 30 years, the firm’s Healthcare Design studio has completed projects ranging from ground up medical office buildings and tenant improvements to highly specialized OSHPD 1, 2, and 3 facilities. Ware Malcomb has completed more than 20

projects for the USC corporate account since 2014. The firm’s unique Corporate Accounts program spans a variety of industries including education, office, financial, retail, industrial and restaurant across multiple markets. The program facilitates the delivery of consistent, integrated design services for clients, with both local, specialized staff and the vast companywide resources of a North American platform. The general contractor for the project was ConAm Building Co. Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is a contemporary and expanding full service design firm providing professional architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, branding and building measurement services to corporate, commercial/residential developer and public/institutional clients throughout the world. With office locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, the firm specializes in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science and technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/ institutional facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb is recognized as a Hot Firm by Zweig Group.

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trackers based on the total number of points earned during the year. Also, in 2020 the CHSO started sending out regular mid-week health and wellness updates as we navigated the challenges of COVID-19. These emails provided support, resources, encouragement, and company-specific updates to Blackstone staff as they worked remotely while also maintaining field work schedules. Blackstone also developed COVID-19 protocols to address various scenarios, such as working from home, returning to the office, and traveling, all that provided health and wellness information and state-specific requirements. The weekly emails also provide updates to the Go365 program and company-wide challenges and events. The health and wellness program continues to be a success and will no doubt keep growing. Blackstone employees are engaged and keeping active, whether it’s a run or walk after work, a 5K with coworkers, or getting more steps in around the office or participating in a current challenge. And, our team is thinking more intentionally about their health and wellbeing. This includes scheduling regular physicals, implementing regular exercise routines, managing stress, developing healthier eating habits, practicing mindfulness, and being aware of possible mental health concerns. We look forward to continuing to build our program in 2021, growing it with creative challenges, fun activities, meaningful discussions and good information focused on the encouragement and support of our employees’ wellbeing. ANNE MELIA, CHMM, is a senior project manager at Blackstone Environmental, Inc. Contact her at

branded Yeti tumblers (which were extremely popular!). Most employees actively participated in the challenges, and at the conclusion of each, Blackstone held a celebration with time for employees to share about progress. A key element to each challenge, and the program, is the backdrop of encouragement and support. All progress is celebrated, whether goals are met or not. “Our team is thinking more intentionally about their health and wellbeing. This includes scheduling regular physicals, implementing regular exercise routines, managing stress, developing healthier eating habits, practicing mindfulness, and being aware of possible mental health concerns.” In 2020 our program became more formalized as Blackstone participated in Humana’s Go365 Program. Most eligible staff are part of Go365, which offers both a phone app and an online portal that track online points. Employees have participated in several step challenges (where there is always a good amount of friendly competition), educational events, and volunteer activities. Blackstone has provided incentives to keep engagement high, such as Amazon and food delivery gift cards, and will offer larger incentives at the end of the year like fitness

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