VCMC: A Five Year Project

by | Sep 14, 2018 | Architectural photography, On Assignment

In 2013, I began the longest photo assignment of my career: five years chronicling the construction of a new hospital wing at Ventura County Medical Center. From the shovel ceremony to the ribbon cutting, I was there to capture how things looked. I was even there to photograph the move-in and the first surgery.

Let’s face it: no one wants to be in a hospital unless it is to welcome a newborn into the world. But if I must spend time in one, I hope it can be as nicely conceived and executed as VCMC.

Consider the patient comforts–every room has a bench window seat that folds open into a sleeping area for a family member. Many rooms look out upon rooftop gardens, which also serve to cool the building. The pediatric ward has a private, open-air play area where kids can get outside, soak up some sun and take a look at the ocean. I bet there’s a health benefit in that alone.

The technology is amazing, in particular with the operating rooms. I have posted stories about that before, so I’ll skip the details. Five years, five fascinating years interacting with various teams and crews, observing the skills and talents that make a hospital great. I’d gladly do it again.

Birns Millennium Connector photographed by Bass Images
Birns Millennium Connector photographed by Bass Images
Birns Millennium Connector photographed by Bass Images
Birns Millennium Connector photographed by Bass Images