Press Release: 10.20.2016

McCarthy, Taylor Design and SmithGroupJJR Join to Establish World-Class Don Knabe Wellness Center

Don Knabe Wellness Center

The integrated team of McCarthy, Taylor Design and SmithGroupJJR celebrated the momentous occasion of the official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Don Knabe Wellness Center and Plaza located at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center in Downey — the nation’s leading rehabilitation hospital specializing in the care of patients with disabilities caused by brain and spinal cord injury. The 12,000-square-foot wellness center marks the first completed structure under Rancho Los Amigos’ $418 million renovation and expansion project. 

The world-class team of architects, designers and contractors collaborated to create Rancho Los Amigos’ new wellness center with state-of-the-art design and construction in under one year, three months ahead of schedule. While the new facility is equipped with a therapy swimming pool that has an underwater treadmill, weight-lifting room, dance studio, cardio and yoga room, the Rancho Los Amigos community is more appreciative of what this wellness center symbolizes — a place where miracles happen and hope is revitalized. Aimed to increase both the patients’ and community’s accessibility to advanced rehabilitative technologies and wellness practices, this center was proudly recognized by state legislators and was officially dedicated and named after Donald R. Knabe, a member of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, serving the Fourth District.

“We are overjoyed to have been a part of such a substantial and important project for the Los Angeles community, and we are honored to have been granted the opportunity to bring Los Angeles County’s vision for the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center to life,” said Jim Mynott, vice president of Integrated Design Delivery at McCarthy. “McCarthy, Taylor Design and SmithGroupJJR worked closely together with Rancho Los Amigos — a team made up of the nation’s distinguished medical practitioners — to not only renovate, but assist the hospital as they further enhance their physical therapy capacities to patients and the community.”

We’re proud of the contribution we’ve made to the architectural landscape of Los Angeles with this outstanding campus. Taylor Design, SmithGroupJJR and McCarthy, along with the Los Angeles Department of Public Works, worked together to honor the incredible legacy of Rancho Los Amigos,” said Taylor Design President D. Randy Regier. “From the beginning, our team was focused on the patient journey. This emphasis informed the planning and design to create an environment that supports the incredible level of patient care being delivered within this historic and important community healthcare campus.”

“We work our whole careers to find the opportunities that the County presented us. To do good work for an institution that does such great work for the community is the ultimate satisfaction,” said David King, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C Design Director for SmithGroupJJR. “We are thrilled to have contributed to the Rancho legacy and their continued support for both patients and the community.”

The entire 21-acre renovation of Rancho Los Amigos will also include seismic and other facility upgrades in phase two of construction and is anticipated to be completed by 2020.

Additional information about Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation

About McCarthy
General Contractor

McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with more than 150 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 16th largest domestic general contractor (Engineering News-Record, May 2016). With approximately 1,700 salaried employees and offices in St. Louis, Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Portage, Ind.; Kansas City, Kan.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Dallas, Houston; Albuquerque; and San Diego, Newport Beach, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100 percent employee owned. More information about the company is available online at or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram and Google+.

About Taylor Design
Executive Architect

Taylor Design is a full-service design firm that collaborates with clients to learn together and develop powerful user-based solutions, places and services that drive value and are effective, valid and delightful. The firm’s three practices in architecture, environments and strategies are united in their use of design as both a point of view, and a unifying method for its work focused on healthcare, education and science and technology projects. With offices in southern and northern California, Taylor Design’s dynamic and effective strategy-based practice assures that decisions made at every stage of the design process have a positive impact on organizations and communities. For more information on the firm, visit

About SmithGroupJJR
Architectural Design and Medical Planning

SmithGroupJJR is the oldest continuously operating Architecture/Engineering firm in the United States at a 163 years young.  Currently ranked as the sixth largest healthcare architecture firm in the United States as ranked in the 2016 “Giants” edition of Building Design + Construction magazine. The SmithGroupJJR Health Practice provides clients with comprehensive health care design services, from strategic planning to operational programming, and is a proven leader in design-build delivery. It emphasizes informed design solutions that support better patient outcomes. With 25 years of experience in Southern California, SmithGroupJJR works with many of the nation’s top health care providers, including Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center, Sharp HealthCare, Kaiser Permanente, Cedars-Sinai Health Network, Sutter Health, University of California San Diego Medical Center and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. For more about SmithGroupJJR, visit

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