Ambulatory Surgery Center - Sentara Obici Hospital
Sentara Obici requested design of a separate 23,000 SF ambulatory surgery center on the hospital campus. The facility includes two operating rooms and two procedure rooms plus two additional shelled spaces for future operating rooms. As the facility was to be a joint venture with physicians, patient flow and efficiency were prominent goals. In addition, the building design needed to blend with the existing hospital on one side and a medical office building previously designed by PF&A on the other side.
The architect sought to incorporate a number of green design features in the building. The non-sterile corridors in the building have solar tubes providing enough natural lighting so there is the option not to use fluorescent lighting except on overcast days. The additional daylight provides a positive, healing environment and positively impacts staff morale. The drop off canopy over the main entrance includes a sky light to reduce the need for artificial lighting and the sky light glass is self-cleaning to reduce maintenance. Special insulation for exterior and interior walls was chosen for its enhanced thermal and acoustic properties. Windows are tinted, glazed and insulated with low E coating which results in reduced solar heating and reduced energy use. Heat impact from the sun is further reduced by the use of aluminum baffles (Sunshades). Parking lights have photo cells so these are only on during dark hours of the day. The roof membrane color is white to further reflect heat and reduce energy costs for the building.