Page 14 — Office & Industrial Quarterly — September 2022 OFFICE — MOB 15 01 W. Minera l Ave . Me dic a l O ffic e Newly Renovated! Littleton, Colorado Class A MOB Opportunity Located in Southeast Littleton, 1501 W. Mineral Ave. provides close proximity to some of the region’s leading hospitals, including Littleton Adventist Hospital, UC Health and Children’s Hospital Colorado. Anchored by Colorado Eye Consultants/ Corneal Consultants of Colorado , this two- story Class A building is ideal for medical offices of all sizes. • Up to 20,000 SF for lease • Flexible floor plans • Highly visible signage • ADA compliant, full sprinkler system, updated HVAC and full building water filtration For inquiries, please contact: Dann Burke, CCIM (720) 528-6362 | Stephani Gaskins ( 720) 528-6346 | 1501 W. MINERAL AVE. COUNTY LINE RD. MINERAL AVE. S. BROADWAY A medical office building is sel- dom just an office building anymore. MOBs are now called upon not only to house physi- cian offices but also are required to accommodate services and technolo- gies that serve more chronically and seriously ill patients. It’s only natural that their planning and design has also become more complex and mul- tifaceted. While MOBs do not have patient beds, they sometimes have urgent care services, ambulatory surgical centers, and other specialty services to treat patients with a range of ill- nesses and capabilities. They remain fully functional office buildings, with the latest mechanical, electrical, plumbing and technology systems and digital medical record storage solutions. But now, in addi- tion to administrative space and exam and consultation rooms, they also may include imaging centers, radiation and infusion centers, phar- macies, labs, and even retail space for coffee shops and restaurants. The demand for MOBs has been steadily increasing over the past decade, in Colorado and throughout the West. This matches a nationwide trend toward outpatient care that persisted, and in some locations surged, during the pandemic. The demand is driven by an aging population in need of more health care options closer to home, and health care systems searching for ways to maximize profits as well as outpatient care. The ever-increasing construction cost and stringent con- struction requirements of hospital- grade space (with I2 occupancy, defined as “build- ings and structures used for medical care on a 24-hour basis for more than five persons who are incapable of self-preservation” and 1A construc- tion type, which are considered as noncombustible and fire resistive) is also resulting in the need for more MOBs for non-hos- pital functions. Let’s take a look at a few types of MOBs: those adjacent or attached to a hospital or academic medical center, those close to a hospital or academic medical center, and free- standing MOBs closer to suburban areas. Location determined by function Evolving care-delivery models, cost- containment challenges and a focus on convenience have led health care providers to move the delivery of many services to outpatient settings. While many MOBs are located near or adjacent to hospitals or medical centers, still others are in commu- nity shopping districts, free-standing business complexes, or grouped with other medical offices under devel- oper/physician group ownership. Let’s examine each type in turn: n MOBs attached to hospitals. These are part of an integrated design solu- tion that brings outpatient care, inpa- tient care, and other specialties such as surgical care and cancer care into the same complex. An MOB also may be adjacent or attached to a hospital by a connect- ing bridge or a series of walkways, so it feels like an extension of the medi- cal campus. For patients who take mass transit or are used to coming to see their doctors for follow-up care at the hospital, this is an easy transi- tion. Indeed, if services offered at the MOB include radiation, oncology, imaging or outpatient surgical care, it might make sense for it to be part of or close to a hospital. It is also helpful that specialists are available for in- person or virtual consults, and seri- ous cases or patients with complica- tions can be referred or transported to the nearby hospital. In some instances, medical office buildings may house hospital out- patient departments, which are integrated with inpatient and phy- sician services, and provide diag- noses, treatments and follow-ups for patients who don’t have to stay overnight. Centers for Medicare and The appeal of the medical office building: Location Akshay Sangolli, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C Managing principal and senior medical planner, EYP, a Page company Mauricio Rojas, Page/EYP The radiology waiting area and laboratory services at UCHealth Longs Peak Medical Center show the diversity of outpatient services available now at medical office build- ings in addition to doctors’ offices and exam rooms. Please see Sangolli, Page 20