Miss Kelly’s Coffee at UC Irvine Medical Center is a new CMA designed 1,200 sf café building intended to be an open gathering spot for patients and staff on the medical campus. The café building has two wide roll up doors, opening the café interior to the sidewalk. Medical Center patients and visitors can freely meander through the café and up to the counter, without the restriction of traditional doorways. Outdoor tables spill out to the adjacent sidewalk and patio. This coffee shop becomes a hang-out spot for visitors and a host for impromptu staff meetings, serving lunches and coffee.
Miss Kelly’s Coffee was a small coffee cart business that has grown to be a popular hang-out. The building, designed by CMA on a very limited budget, employs a very standard material palette to create an inclusive environment. There is a standing metal seam roof, metal panel exterior, fiberglass windows with large ceiling fans in the prefabricated cupolas to recirculate the air. Bright paint colors, a colored concrete floor, recycled materials, integrated music system and places for art posters create a vibrant friendly environment. The building is intended to be a fun spot with an irreverent bohemian flair.
Design Firm: Cynthia Mabus Architecture. Cynthia Mabus Principal Architect.