St. Mary's Center for Advanced Medicine [Evansville, IN]
Project category: Addition (completed December 2006)
Chief administrator: Timothy A. Flesch, President & CEO, (812) 485-4000
Firm: BSA LifeStructures, (317) 819-2144
Design team: Joseph Mynhier, AIA, Principal-in-Charge; Andrew Lane, AIA, LEED AP, Project Architect; Alan Rainey, RA, Project Coordinator; David Ralich, RA, Staff Architect (BSA LifeStructures); Diana Ricks, Interior Designer (Maregatti Interiors)
Photography: Karen Vance Photography
Total building area (sq. ft.): 125,000
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $192
Total construction cost (excluding land): $24,000,000
Built in collaboration between St. Mary's Medical Center, Ohio Valley HeartCare, and BremnerDuke Healthcare Real Estate developers and builders, St. Mary's Center for Advanced Medicine addresses the convenience and comfort of outpatient visitors.
The four-story building houses outpatient cardiovascular services, cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, imaging and laboratory services, a diabetes center, and a physician practice for Ohio Valley HeartCare.
The facility consolidates and introduces new outpatient cardiovascular services in a previously inaccessible side of the campus. Outpatients no longer have to travel through the hospital to access services; they can park in the convenient lot and access cardiac services in one location. In addition to increasing convenience, separating outpatient services allows the hospital to provide improved processes and efficiency.
A tower landmark enhances wayfinding by creating a recognizable entry at the north side of the campus. The fresh vocabulary of white, precast concrete and green glass makes a new statement, welcoming visitors while suggesting the high level of technology housed within the building. A sweeping glass wall suggests arms that embrace visitors and the site, while the tower and spire are visually and emotionally uplifting. The spire is an abstract reference to the spire of a restored historic chapel connected to the Center for Advanced Medicine.
The public corridor contains a series of skylights that frame the stained glass and provide views to the chapel and its spire. Interior elements include terrazzo flooring that improves wayfinding and neutral paint that serves as a backdrop for colorful artwork.