Plainfield Medical Center Danville, IN
The site for this outpatient medical complex is 22 acres of rural farmland, just 12 miles from the main hospital campus. This prime real estate, immediately adjacent to a major highway, provided an excellent opportunity to introduce a medical facility that provides convenient and local healthcare for neighboring families.
This first-phase building occupies about 9 acres of land. The remaining 13 acres will allow the development of a longer-term master plan, which includes the future expansion of designated programs on-site and, more importantly, the future addition of outpatient programs (sports medicine, oncology and cardiology services) that will complement and expand the Medical Center into a more comprehensive, freestanding, satellite outpatient healthcare campus.
The new facility is approximately 108,000 square feet in size and three stories in height. It has a large central atrium that serves as a focal point for vertical and horizontal circulation. Plants, seating areas and indirect lighting add to the nonthreatening atmosphere. The atrium also serves as a wayfinding tool for patients and their families. Multiple entries (with distinct signage) along the south side of the building are all linked back to the atrium. Patients may conveniently travel to and from multiple hospital programs in one visit.
An internal “back corridor” provides for convenient staff flow between outpatient programs, enabling them to share services and support spaces
PROJECT CATEGORY New Construction (completed January 2002)
CHIEF ADMINISTRATOR Dennis Dawes, President, (317) 745-3502
FIRM BSA Design, (317) 819-7878
DESIGN TEAM Robert W. Snyder, AIA, Principal-in-Charge; Sam Reed, PE, Engineering Principal; Ramesh Patel, Structural Engineering; Rick Berger, Civil Engineering (BSA Design); Dave Shuck, PE, Electrical Engineer (ATP Engineering)
PHOTOGRAPHY Greg Murphey; Karl Pfeffer
BED CAPACITY N/A
TOTAL BUILDING AREA (SQ. FT.) 108,000
TOTAL LAND AREA (ACRES) 22
TOTAL COST (EXCLUDING LAND) $11,000,000
The first-floor outpatient programs include physical and occupational therapy, radiology, laboratory, occupational health and HealthTracks (an urgent-care facility). The upper two floors house a variety of physician groups that complement the overall services and enhance convenience for the healthcare community.
The building exterior provided another opportunity to create an architectural statement: There was a focused effort to “tie together” the marketing and name recognition of the hospital through its many facilities dotted around the neighboring community. A vocabulary of familiar architectural shapes and forms not only helps to give the building a distinct look but also serves a functional purpose. For example, the large, vaulted, curving shapes along the rooftop reinforce the atrium entry sequence while screening the rooftop mechanical units. The subtle patterning on the brick exterior, along with the reflective medallions, further sets this facility apart as a unique and recognizable building within the community.
Providing excellent healthcare for the community is the first and highest priority; being able to provide this care more conveniently and closer to patients' homes helps to further solidify patient-physician and patient-hospital relationships.