PHOTO TOUR: Harvey Pediatric Clinic
Singular in form, the building serves as a visual landmark and presents a dynamic contrast to the everyday structures that populate the area.
The building’s graphic profile provides the clinic’s identity for children and parents alike. Tenant spaces on the ground floor are wrapped in glass, establishing a visual and material separation from the upper floor. A skylight along the south edge of the building stretches the length of the building.
The “foot” of the form contains a stair that leads to the clinic’s second level waiting room. The cayenne metal panel system is a custom color, developed specifically for the project.
Fins on the east façade of the upper floor shade the interior from excessive solar exposure.
Weathered zinc-color metal panels are used on the north side of the building, which is formally quieter than the south facade yet abstract in its composition and detailing.
A portal at the ground floor creates a covered drop-off for the clinic’s patient entry.
The clinic lobby uses simple geometries to create a dynamic, light-filled space with a framed view across the landscape.
The clinic stair is set within a double-height volume and topped by a skylight with blue glass.
Cool-colored light fills the space of the clinic stair and creates a calming, vertical threshold.
Blue light from the clinic stair skylight washes onto the second level stair and elevator lobby. Patients check-in to the right, while check-out takes place just beyond the translucent glass door of the south clinic corridor.
Upon ascending the stair or exiting the elevator, patients arrive in the waiting room with check-in along the left edge of the space.
The exam rooms along the south edge of the building are lit from above with a continuous skylight.
Skylights over the two nurses’ stations, which are distributed between the exam rooms, bring ample natural light into the center of the building.
The double-height flex space, a hub for administrative staff, is capped by the pop-up along the south half of the building. A wall of glass on the north side of the mezzanine washes the interior with light and provides a visual connection to the sky.
A porch at the west end of the building protects the deep set glazing of the second level and shades the glass on the ground floor.
While patients enter the clinic at the east, staff enter at the west end of the building. The separate entry allows for clear, simple circulation: patients and staff enter at opposite sides of the clinic and meet at the exam rooms in the middle.
At dusk, the setting sun provides for a dynamic play of color across the building.
Situated in a fast-developing suburban area of Rogers, Ark., the nearly $3 million Harvey Pediatric Clinic is home to a 15,493-square-foot pediatric practice, which was completed May 2016. The building’s strong form establishes a visual landmark along the busy commercial corridor and presents a dynamic contrast to the everyday structures that populate the area. Singular in form, it is at home in a taxonomy of objects such as the barns and silos that dotted this previously agrarian landscape.
The nearly 40 employees of Harvey Pediatrics administer to more than 150 patients ranging from infants to young adults daily. Throughout the initial phases of the design process, Dr. Bryan Harvey, the client and one of the clinic’s four practitioners, pushed for a building that could capture the imagination of these young patients yet serve the everyday needs of his large staff. Rather than see these two tasks as competing factors in the design, a discursive process allowed for a symbiotic relationship between form-making and space-planning. The result is a building that is identifiable, bold and efficient for the large staff of nurses and doctors.
The clinic occupies the entire upper level of the building. Patients enter the building and pause in the waiting room at the east prior to moving into one of the 16 exam rooms in the center of the building. Staff enter at the ground floor break room at the west prior to moving up the stairs to the flex space, which serves as an administrative hub for the practice. Nurses’ stations and doctors’ offices are embedded within the exam rooms, allowing for quick access to each exam room. The carefully planned circulation allows nurses and doctors to move between exam rooms quickly, meeting with and treating each patient with care and attention.
Light and views to the exterior are central to each clinic space. Large skylights over the nurses’ stations brings ample light into the space. Exam rooms along the south of the building are bathed in natural light from above. Unlike many medical office buildings, patients, nurses and doctors have near-continuous views outside through the glass wall at the waiting room and the long ribbon window along the north side of the building. These features allow staff to connect to the rhythm of the day, leading one staff member to realize that she had never before witnessed a storm move through the area during working hours.
The Harvey Pediatric Clinic elevates the medical office typology, providing a high-quality, efficient patient and staff environment. The bold figure establishes a new landmark and reasserts a singular presence in a banal suburban context.
Project source list:
Architecture: Marlon Blackwell Architects
Landscape design: Stuart Fulbright
Mechanical, Electical, Plumbing: HP Engineering Inc.
Structural: Tatum Smith Engineers Inc.
Civil: Bates & Associates Inc.
Construction: SSI Inc.
Photographer: Timothy Hursley
Steel frame with composite decking: Fig Tree Inc.
Metal panels: Morin
Membrane Roof: Firestone Building Products
Storefront: Kawneer and Ace Glass
Wood doors: Marshfield Door Systems
Closers: Hager / LCN
Exit devices: Kawneer
Security devices: Best Access Systems
Acoustical ceilings: CertainTeed
Suspension grid: CertainTeed
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Kitchen Distributors
Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams
Plastic laminate: Pionite
Resilient flooring: Johnsonite
Carpet: JJ Invision
Furnishings: All furniture provided by owner.
Downlights: Juno (recessed cans); Forum (recessed linear); Coronet (troffer)
Dimming system or other lighting controls: Leviton
Drinking Fountain: Elkay
Lavatory: American Standard
Water Closets: American Standard
Interior Signage: Archyway Graphic Designs