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Docs Want Bigger MOBs

Phoenix healthcare space is trying to find its Goldilocks zone—not too large, as in behemoth hospitals, but not too small, as in small practices in small spaces.


The future belongs to large medical practices, and they want larger but also conveniently located MOBs. “The medical office building market in Phoenix has shifted in recent years from doctors locating in small office spaces to larger practices purchasing sizable buildings,” LGE Design Build president Dave Sellers tells us. Recently LGE started work on Fairview Medical Center near the Chandler Regional Medical Center and Loop 202, which will be partly occupied upon completion this summer by Brain & Spine Center and Desert Kidney Associates.


At a bit more than 20k SF, Fairview is large enough to eventually house three practices. The owners also plan to build a 10k SF surgical center nearby. Doctors want to be near regional hospitals with quick access to transportation, Dave says, adding that medical tenants are also demanding new features to make the space more patient-friendly. Brain & Spine’s space, for instance, will include a separate procedural area, large clinical patient space, a large conference room and an educational area, and is designed to help patients in wheelchairs and scooters maneuver easily.