Health Center at Oakbrooke - CHKD
PF&A designed the Oakbrooke Medical Office Building as a satellite location for the hospital to include 62,000 square feet of new space within a three story building. Specific challenges for this project included the future need for a helicopter drop-off site, the movement of a portable MRI trailer on the back side of the building, and space-planning for the many different physician special groups to be located in the building.
Some of the specialty suites include physical therapy, sports medicine and a lab and radiology area. As part of rehab services, space was designed for a HydroWorx therapy pool with a heater, electric variable speed treadmill and vertically moving pool floor with ranges from zero depth entry to six feet to allow for the addition of aquatic therapy.
As CHKD’s first health center in Chesapeake, the opportunity to make a “genuine” connection with the community in both the architecture and interior design was imminent. The interior design utilized a lot of natural lighting and bright colors in key elements. The interiors as with the architecture were to be “artful” by utilizing exposed structure as form and over-sizing shapes and forms for experience moving you through the building. The prodigious main vestibule and elevator wall are a fun play on scale for the visitor.
The building design incorporates many green elements such as the use of an existing BMP, increased wall insulation at R22, white EPDM Energy Star roofing, and water/mildew-proof gypsum board and sheathing. Distinguishable pink spandrel and blue glazing ribbons the three story central mass which houses central registration at each level for the physician suites. This central and evident mass has arched roofing which serves a practical purpose in helping patients locate the building.
PF&A organized space planning user meetings twice a week in developing the plan and the layout of equipment. We set up the project timeline from schematics through construction with the owner’s move-in date as benchmark. The contractor worked within that timeline. PF&A designed and specified all materials and finishes including the graphic art murals, graphic signs and furniture selection.
The project was a design-build project with a GMP. Nothing was value engineered. The project finished ahead of schedule, and the owner received monies back at the end of the project.
The project is a huge success both for the Owner and the community. A link between CHKD and the community was created by integrating the photographs of local children into the design and the artwork. The user groups businesses have already grown in the short time exceeding the owner’s expectations.