May 21, 2018

New state-of-the-art medical office near San Jose's Mineta International Airport

‘Next generation’ facility enhances access, quality of patient care.

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Kaiser Permanente opened a new medical office building today in the heart of Silicon Valley, near the Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport.

The four-story Kaiser Permanente Skyport Medical Office Building, located at 1721 Technology Drive, offers a wide range of primary care and specialty health care services including adult and pediatric care and women’s health. The facility also features orthopedics and sports medicine, dermatology, podiatry and peritoneal dialysis. There is a pharmacy as well as a lab, optometry, Kaiser Permanente’s Vision Essentials vision center, and a Healthy Living education and resource center.

“As the South Bay population continues to grow, our Skyport facility will serve the health needs of a large and diverse community of Silicon Valley workers and others living and working in the greater San Jose area,” said Chris L. Boyd, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara senior vice president and area manager. “At Kaiser Permanente Skyport we are focused on providing ‘high tech-high touch’ patient-centered care for our members.”

The 153,000-square-foot facility is part of a new wave of Kaiser Permanente medical offices designed to enhance the care experience by using technology and space to make getting medical care easier, more convenient and focused on choice. It is one of three new Kaiser Permanente medical office buildings opening in Northern California this spring.

“The Skyport facility features larger common areas as well as express check-in kiosks, and exam rooms designed to allow members to better interact with their caregivers,” explained Susan Smarr, MD, physician in chief, Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center. “For example, most exam rooms feature wide-screen video monitors to enable face-to-face telemedicine consults with Kaiser Permanente specialists in other locations, as well as translation services.”

Providing ample space to meet the needs of Kaiser Permanente’s growing membership, the Skyport Medical Office Building will house approximately 450 health care professionals, including physicians, nurses, technicians and administrative staff. The facility has:

  • 103 doctors’ offices
  • 171 exam rooms
  • On-site café and wireless internet access for visitors
  • Charging stations for electric cars

As part of Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to the environment, the structure meets the highest standards of environmental and sustainable building, including anticipated LEED gold certification, part of the U.S. Green Building Council new construction rating system. The solar panels in Skyport’s parking lot will provide 75 percent of the annual electrical power needed by the building. The "coof roof" reflects heat away from the building and saves energy, ultra-low flow fixtures reduce water use and landscape irrigation uses recycled water. High-tech windows designed to lower energy use automatically darken to prevent glare and become more transparent once the direct sun passes.

Decorative touches reflecting the facility’s proximity to San Jose’s international airport include an aircraft motif wallpaper and paper airplanes in murals of clouds. There are also light fixtures that resemble propellers and the canopy over the entrance looks like part of an aircraft wing.

The medical office building is next to the Skyport exit off Highway 87 in San Jose. It is also a two-block walk to the Valley Transit Authority buses and light rail on North First Street and Skyport Drive.

In addition to the new Skyport medical office building, other nearby Kaiser Permanente facilities include medical offices in Mountain View, Campbell, Milpitas, Santa Clara and Sunnyvale, and the Kaiser Permanente Santa Clara Medical Center.

About Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 12.2 million members in 8 states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health.