The Arrowhead Regional Medical Center is located on a 40 acre, open site in the typically arid inland climate of San Bernardino County. Pamela Burton & Company’s site planning and landscape design, in collaboration with Bobrow/Thomas Associates, created a park-like setting for the Medical Center. Landscape is also used as a screening device, protecting the site from the area’s strong winds. Groups of Cottonwoods and Oaks are planted randomly across the site, recalling an ancient arroyo still barely visible. Street trees divide the greater campus into smaller park-like areas. Parking areas are defined by different types of trees, including Camphor, Ficus, Eucalyptus, Tipu, and Albizia.
Contrasting with the randomly ordered layout of the arroyo park, a visually ordered landscape “spine” creates an axis running north and south through the site. The spine, which is defined by trellises, trees, seating areas and specialized paving materials, links the parking areas and buildings and provides shady places to walk and sit. Courtyards are formed where the spine intersects the hospital buildings. The Center’s interior, on-structure courtyards are designed as gardens for adjacent rooms and hospital staff. Shade tolerant trees and shrubs give a glimpse of light and greenery from hospital corridors. Each courtyard is dedicated to a prominent medical figure in San Bernardino history. The courtyard gardens of the mental health clinic are designed to accommodate recreation for adolescents, adults, and elderly.