Project category: New construction (completed July 2003)

Chief administrator: Joel Warnick, President and CEO, (229) 321-4053

Firm: PageSoutherlandPage, (214) 522-3900

Design team: Mattia Flabiano III, AIA, ACHA, Principal-in-Charge; Eric Kuehmeier, AIA, Project Manager; Andrew Caubarreaux, AIA, Project Architect (PageSoutherlandPage); Scott Katzer, PE, MEP Manager (Smith, Seckman, Reid, Inc.); Jay Smart, PE, Structural Engineer (Lindsey & Ritter)

Photography: PageSoutherlandPage; Todd Stone

Total building area (sq. ft.): 135,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $93

Total cost (excluding land): $12,600,000

Phoebe Putney Health Systems (PPHS) selected PageSoutherlandPage to plan and design its 34-acre Meredyth Place health center campus in northwest Albany, Georgia. This campus, to be fully developed in five to eight years, will allow PPHS to provide community services that are traditionally offered only on the Main Medical Campus. In keeping with this theme, the challenge was to design an inviting, friendly, and easy-to-use campus for patients and their families that is also extremely functional and efficient for staff members and physicians.

The Veranda, the first building completed on the Meredyth Place campus, allows the OB-GYN Associates of Albany to provide convenient services to the larger Albany community. The design theme for the 44,700-square-foot building is southern plantation architecture that establishes a central two-story building as the main plantation house with smaller connecting buildings reminiscent of a carriage house and outbuildings.

This project, One Meredyth Place, is the second building completed on the campus. It is a multispecialty professional building for ambulatory services and physician offices. The PPHS vision for this four-story facility is that it will serve as a source of pride for the surrounding community and set the overall design standard for the development of the remaining campus.

A major campus feature includes a half-mile nature trail designed to encourage multipaced cardiovascular activities and a water feature with streams, boulders, fountains, and waterfalls. Additionally, the walkways provide convenient access between buildings without crossing roadways.