Project category: New construction & Remodel/Renovation (completed November 2002)

Chief administrator: Brad Dykes, President and CEO, (812) 275-1390

Firm: ARTEKNA, (317) 955-5090

Design team: Robert D. Hibler, AIA, NCARB, President, Principal-in-Charge; Gregory W. Lewis, AIA, Principal, Project Architect (ARTEKNA); Paul Brumleve, PE, Principal, Structural Engineer (Lynch, Harrison & Brumleve, Inc.); Steve Brehob, Principal, Civil Engineer (Smith Neubecker & Associates); Keith London, Principal, Mechanical/Electrical Engineer (Biagi, Chance, Cummins, London, Titzer, Inc.)

Photography: Pepper Construction; Wilbur Montgomery, WM Photographic Services, Inc.

Total building area (sq. ft.): 50,998 (new); 641 (renovation)

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $132 (new); $523 (renovation)

Total construction cost (excluding land): $6,727,253 (new); $335,000 (renovation)

Expanded care areas, future flexibility, and vast expanses of glass highlight the new Physician Office Building. Additionally, large limestone panels on the front fa¸ade provide a solar screen and tie the building to its community, which is located in the heart of Indiana limestone country. The Physician Office Building, located on an existing hospital campus, is attached to the hospital via an enclosed connecting corridor.

The new facility houses a combined radiology and lab suite, an outpatient pharmacy, business administration, building services, and 24 physicians' offices clustered in groups of four to maximize shared support areas. Radiology and Laboratory Services are located on the first floor near the main entrance and the Orthopedic practice to minimize patient travel. The provider care areas are designed with prototypical framework that addresses considerations of patient care and provider movement, staff work needs, flexibility, room dimensions, economies of scale, and construction costs. The framework also allows physicians the opportunity to customize their individual suites to specialist and practice preferences.

The extensive site work required careful planning and phasing. All ambulance traffic, helicopter emergency service, hospital deliveries, mobile care services, and patient, visitor, and staff vehicular traffic continued to travel through areas affected by the construction. Furthermore, the existing hospital campus entry was expanded and incorporated into a new tree-lined boulevard that serves as the main artery through the campus.

A portion of the existing hospital was demolished to create a new Emergency entrance and vestibule, as well as expanded Emergency parking.