The Design of the new MOB was influenced by three contextual elements:
- The Historic Character of the Site: Priority was given to maintaining and enhancing the historic main campus driveway by landscaping and creating pedestrian friendly walkways. The new building borrows elements from the existing historic buildings such as deep walls and large windows.
- Cultural Influences: The culture and traditions of the Navajo community were honored by orienting the entry toward the east, providing clockwise circulation within the building, and integrating the landscape into the public spaces while providing areas for local Native American art.
- A Patient Centered Paradigm: The new medical office building enhances the patient experience with the use of contemporary openings that welcome the easterly sun into the building's public spaces. At the same time it is a cutting edge facility based on a patient centered paradigm which will promote health and wellness and increase access to quality health care.