Increasing volume in surgical procedures and increased market share in the downriver communities have placed heavy burdens on the existing Oakwood Southshore Medical Center operating suite. To support the growth in primarily outpatient procedures, the Oakwood Healthcare System has developed a partnership with physicians; Volunteer Enterprises, Inc., an independent surgical organization; and The Farbman Group, representing real estate for the development of a freestanding ambulatory surgery center (ASC).

The center was designed as a hospitality- based ASC, using a model of six surgical suites. The 30,000-square-foot ASC is patient-friendly and convenient. Medical quality is ensured through the center's hospital partnership, and from that point the directive is hospitality and convenience. Patient prep and recovery are managed within 28 private patient suites, and the atmosphere is that of an upscale hotel.

The site for the Southshore ASC building is directly at the front of Oakwood Southshore Medical Center in Trenton, Michigan. In addition to the ASC, the building will feature a major diagnostics, clinical, and physicians' office facility containing 20,000 square feet of space.

The architecture of the center reflects a contemporary edge, enhancing the existing Oakwood Southshore Medical Center campus. The intent is to present a welcoming and friendly center with simple access while retaining strength and permanence.

Project category: New construction (completed October 2004)

Chief administrator: Peggy Davidson, Vice-President, Surgery Center Development & Operations, (317) 621-7437

Firm: Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc., (734) 663-4189

Design team: John Barker, Principal, Project Designer; James Henrichs, Project Director; Don Haughton, Project Architect (Hobbs + Black Associates, Inc.); MEP Consultant, Peter Basso Associates, Inc.

Photography: ©2004 Fred Golden

Total building area (sq. ft.): 50,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $190

Total construction cost (excluding land): $9,500,000