Kaiser to build new headquarters

Kaiser Permanente revealed plans to build new headquarters in Oakland, Calif., where the healthcare giant has been based since 1945.

The Kaiser Permanente Thrive Center will bring together 7,200 national and Northern California regional employees and physicians from seven locations and lower annual operating costs, while supporting the city of Oakland, Kaiser officials said in a news release. Construction is slated to begin in 2020.

"For more than seven decades, Kaiser Permanente has been proud to call Oakland our home, and today we further strengthen our commitment to this incredible city," said Bernard J. Tyson, chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente. "While allowing us to go from seven sites to one and reduce operational costs by more than $60 million annually, which will create additional benefit for our members and customers, this new headquarters — The Kaiser Permanente Thrive Center — will also bring tremendous benefits to the Uptown neighborhood, serve as a thriving center for the city of Oakland and be a collaborative workspace for our employees."

The new offices, announced June 17, will feature space for a health clinic and health education, community meeting areas, health food options, farmers markets, exercise and cooking classes, and a place to highlight community-inspired art.

Kaiser officials said construction on the new headquarters is scheduled for completion in 2023, at which time local developer Lane Partners will purchase existing Kaiser-owned buildings for renovation and commercial use.

Read more about Kaiser's community investments in Oakland here.


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