SANTA ROSA -- Sutter Medical Center of Santa Rosa  today announced it selected Irvine-based Hammes Company to develop an on-campus, state-of-the-art medical office building as part of the new $284 million hospital just north of Santa Rosa.

The Sutter Health--affiliated hospital said it conducted a local and nationwide search.

“Hammes Company was selected as our real estate partner due to its proven track record of maximizing value, accelerating construction schedules, offering competitive physician rental rates and working with local vendors,” said Mike Purvis, chief administrative officer of the medical center in a statement.

Sutter is constructing the $284 million acute care facility at the interchange of Mark West Springs Road and Highway 101. It will include all-private rooms, "which will provide the highest quality of care for the community," according to Sutter. Completion is expected in 2014.

The development of an 80,000-square-foot medical office building will be a "vital" component of the new campus, according to Sutter. Hammes Company will lead all development, leasing and capital financing initiatives for the medical office building project.  

“Hammes Company’s role as our developer will include leasing of the new medical office building. We are excited to strengthen relationships with the area’s top healthcare professionals who plan to join us at our new campus,” Mr. Purvis said.

The medical office building will house ambulatory services and physician offices for lease.  The Hammes team has a long track record of working collaboratively with physicians in the development of high-quality medical office facilities that are cost-effective and operationally efficient, according to Sutter. Overseeing the project will be Jim Kobayashi (949-705-0900,

When completed, Sutter said it will pursue Silver level  LEED certification of the building by the U.S. Green Building Council. The medical office building is being constructed to California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) requirements, established in 2011 to cut construction waste, reduce environmental impact during construction and increase energy efficiency.

“As work ramps up, we look forward to building on our significant track record of development success with leading health care systems such as Swedish Health Services in the Northwest, Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare in the Midwest, St. Luke's Episcopal Health System in the South and Sentara Healthcare in the Mid-Atlantic,” said Kevin Kraiss, senior vice president of Hammes Company.

“We recognize the critical importance of the new medial campus to Sutter Health’s mission and we will provide flexible, competitive development solutions in order to deliver an attractive environment for both physicians and patients.”