Designed to be a “landmark” for patient recognition, the overall “Contemporary” design style of the building exterior incorporates the use of stone and painted Stucco in vertical planes and surfaces located around the building and accentuates the theme of the design. Incorporating sensual curved forms in both plan and elevation, and incorporating stone walls and planes at varying heights which extend out beyond the building not only created visual interest, but also captured the essence of “Modern” Architecture with “Organic” intentions.
Positioning the waiting area in the center of the office with the Tech area immediately adjacent, the Optical Technicians can maintain visual contact with the patients and escort them into various testing rooms, work up rooms, exam rooms and/or counseling rooms and minimize both Tech and patient walking. Also, separate “pods” of examination rooms was created so two physicians could work at same time.
The main Patient Waiting Room and Optical Dispensary area features stone on full-height walls and dramatic multi-layered suspended acoustical ceilings as “floating” planes.
Integrating traditional stone and natural wood within the modern building aesthetic was an intended goal in the design concept and by placing the stone in full-height vertical planes, and not as mere “skirting” or wainscoting, allows the stone to read as textured planes in a non-traditional way and further demonstrate the balance of expressing modern technology in construction with a traditional warmth.
On July 23rd, Collins Vision Medical Office was awarded an Aurora Award as well as the Grand Aurora Award for Best Commercial Construction Healthcare Facility at the 2011 Southeast Builder’s Conference Aurora Awards Design Competition in Orlando. The Aurora Awards honor the best in commercial and residential architecture in a 12-state region and entries are judged on design, quality of construction, unusual constraints, cost savings techniques and outstanding features.
Prior to being constructed, Collins Vision Medical Office was awarded a Lee Building Industry Association 2010 Summit Award for the Best Architectural Project for Healthcare in the “Un-built Design” category and on October 15, 2011 this project won the 2011 Lee Building Industry Association Summit Award for the Best Architectural Project for Healthcare.
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”The resulting design has created a world-class facility within to provide world-class eye-care.” – Michael J. Collins, Jr. M.D.
Client: Michael J. Collins, Jr., MD, FACS Location: Fort Myers, Florida
Building Type: Medical Office Building Size: 10,457 SF