The surgery center is broken into five zones: client, administrative, circulatory, surgical, and support. Circulation is made functional through the use of a Sterilization core through which attendants can efficiently aide the surgeons. Also, special care had to be made to ensure that active procedures (Surgery) and passive activities (Waiting Area) had an adequate perceptual and acoustical buffer. Patients with more invasive procedures even have a private exit to further separate the necessary zones.
Interior finishes also greatly impact the patient experience. Exposed parabolic roof decking, fabric wrapped acoustical wall panels, and textured architectural wall panels enclose the waiting area while bamboo flooring runs throughout. Finishes not only enhance the aesthetics but also vastly increase acoustical diffusion.
Special consideration was also made for the exterior of the office. In an effort to honor the city’s storied past and ambience, brick was used extensively on the exterior and a classical arch was created through the use of tapered cast stone headers. A modern accent, however, was achieved through the subtle introduction of glass and steel details. Concrete planter walls mirror the buildings sinuous lines while adding foliage to the site.