Project category: Conversion (completed May 2005)

Chief administrator: John Sideras, CEO, (216) 778-5000

Firm: HFP/Ambuske Architects, Inc., (216) 561-3311

Design team: Alan R. Ambuske, Principal; Tony Manocchio, Project Architect; Chad Costello, CAD; Denise Roznovsky, Interior Designer (HFP/Ambuske Architects, Inc.); Frank Zilm, Programming Consultant (Frank Zilm & Associates)

Photography: ©2006 Trepal Photography

Total building area (sq. ft.): 45,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $100

Total construction cost (excluding land): $4,500,000

The MetroHealth Broadway Health Center is one of several ambulatory care facilities that MetroHealth Medical Center has developed within inner-city neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio. This project is a conversion of a closed K-Mart. The neighborhood was in great need of medical services because an aging area hospital had been closed.

The existing K-Mart was gutted, and the program was developed along a central circulation spine. At the entrance there is a large Health and Education Room for both the patients and the neighborhood. As patients move toward the treatment areas, they pass counseling offices that take care of financial assistance and postappointment education needs.

The ancillary departments of Radiology, Laboratory, Dental, and Nutrition have their reception areas clustered in relation to Urgent Care. The Central Waiting/Circulation space takes advantage of the height of the building, with skylights and natural materials creating an uplifting space.

One side of the Central Circulation area contains Family Practice and Specialty Practice, with Exam Rooms, Physicians' Offices, Procedure Rooms, and Medical Records. All of the Exam Rooms and dictation areas are outfitted with computers. The remaining footprint contains administration space for this facility and all of MetroHealth's Outpatient Facilities.

At the Broadway Medical Group Community Open House, 1,500 citizens toured the facility, and since it opened, the facility has been very successful, decreasing area residents' need to go to the MetroHealth Emergency Department.