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Providence to be first tenant at Stewart Meadows Village

Providence Health and Services has unveiled plans for a three-story, 64,000-square-foot medical office at KOGAP Enterprises' Stewart Meadows Village.

The primary, specialty and urgent care center will be the first tenant in the 79-acre Planned Unit Development stretching from Stewart Avenue to Garfield Street, west of Highway 99 and the railroad tracks.

S&B James Construction Management has been hired to design and build the center, with construction to start late this summer and medical care to begin in 2017, pending approval by the city.

The L-shaped building with wings meeting at a cylindrical entrance is a transitional design bringing together 20th-century architecture with contemporary technology, said architect David Thruston.

The design pays homage to the former KOGAP mill that covered the site for many decades.

"It hearkens back to Old Oregon mill towns, with brick and concrete, heavy timber supports on the fixed awnings and corrugated metal. Coming together around the cylinder combines the old and new," Thruston said.

The wing paralleling the railroad tracks will be 152 feet long, and the west wing following Stewart Avenue will be 89 feet long, giving way to a plaza area with trees and benches. A promenade running the perimeter of the entire development will provide for foot and bicycle traffic.

"We designed it to reach out to streetscape and create more of an urban design," Thruston said. "We wanted it to be pedestrian-friendly, inviting people to get outside and use the sidewalks. We didn't want it to be insular, we wanted to reach out to the community, so when someone drives by we want them to see an animated scene where something is going on."

A feature atop the cylinder will create a lantern effect at night above lighted Providence lettering.

“We are incredibly pleased to have the opportunity to expand our services into south Medford, making it easier to access services for those living and working in southern Jackson County," said Chris Pizzi, chief operating officer of Providence Medford Medical Center.

The medical office building will be the first tenant in the $200 million redevelopment of the KOGAP property.

Keep Oregon Green and Productive founder Anton Lausmann, followed by his son Jerry Lausmann, operated plywood and veneer plants on the site for more than 40 years before the facilities were shuttered in April 1993. Jerry Lausmann, who served as the city's mayor from 1986 to 1998, died in 2012.

A medical office building wasn't on the wish list when plans were drawn up for Stewart Meadows Village, said Ed Istel, Jerry Lausmann's son-in-law. "But we're extremely excited they're our first tenants. It changes our plans a little in that it's a nonconforming use, but it should be a simple revision for the PUD. It wasn't something we had planned for, especially a building that size; but I think there will be larger ones eventually."

The old Myers Lane will meander through the village, with two auto bridges and a pedestrian bridge traversing a rerouted Hansen Creek. Istel said he hopes to have streets and sidewalks in by late fall in 2017.

Reach reporter Greg Stiles at 541-776-4463 or business@mailtribune.com. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/GregMTBusiness, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/greg.stiles.31    

An artist rendering shows a three-story, 64,000-square-foot medical office planned to be built by Providence Health and Services at Stewart Meadows Village in Medford. Drawing courtesy of David Thruston