WellStar East Cobb: an evidence based design system

The design for WellStar East Cobb offers a evidence-based design system that is a combination of out-patient services enhanced with health and wellness opportunities. One of the challenges designers faced was to be sensitive to the needs and wishes of the surrounding community. As a leading provider of healthcare services in the Metro-Atlanta area, WellStar Health System worked with CDH Partners to provide an innovative delivery to healthcare for area residents. The result was a state-of-the-art health park that services area residents in a highly populated residential area. Designers master planned the site and facility, which offers a results-based system that combines enhanced outpatient services with health and wellness opportunities.

At East Cobb, the design team of CDH Partners began by creating a master plan for the Health Park site. The vision for this park and others like it bring the healthcare services closer to the communities which they serve. Each park is an integral part of the community and is utilized for medical services and also fitness and health education.

The site for the East Cobb Health Park is surrounded by a residential neighborhood and a church. The Health Park includes space for urgent care, imaging services, medical offices, childcare, and retail. A terraced parking deck is nested into a hillside offering easy access to the three story structure. The CDH design team preserved much of the wooded landscape leaving it natural and undisturbed. Walking trails along a stream are open to the public. A scenic drive connects to the Wellness Center and Rehab facility. Additional accessible parking is included in future planning and will service the needs of a growing visitor population.

The scope of this health park was to design a “one stop” healthcare facility. Utilizing an integrated team approach, a team consisting of architects, interior designers, contractor, end users, evidence-base design experts, and medical planners came together to work on this state-of-the-art 190,000 square foot health park high performance building.

Designers created a warm and inviting environment that assists in patient healing and wellbeing. This facility contains an ambulatory surgery center as well as clinical outpatient services for diagnostic imaging and lab, urgent care, primary care and specialty outpatient services such as pulmonary and physical rehabilitation. It also contains employee fitness, community education, and conference room space.

Architects and designers also focused on creating an intrinsic design that guides visitors through the facility using visible points of connection. Their goal was to design a building that reduces patient stress for a better experience and outcome. Exam rooms have custom benches that provide comfort for family members and function as storage beneath. Physician offices are combined with medical assistant offices for space efficiency. Furniture and finishes were selected for durability, safety, ease of maintenance, and comfort.

 

Owner:

WellStar Health System
Marietta, GA 30060

Square Footage:

190,000

Acreage

23 acres

Completion

Fall 2014

Video

Wellstar Health Parks from CDH Partners on Vimeo.

Medical Plaza 400

The owner purchased an existing pre-engineered building that was originally designed and built for a motorcycle shop. CDH repurposed it for the use as a medical facility. A mezzanine covers about one half of the foot print of the building. This area was structurally expanded with steel framing columns and a concrete slab to create a second floor level. The owner also purchased an adjacent lot to increase the parking capacity from 60 to 147 spaces.

The 14,000 sf ground floor facility contains an Urgent Care center with a dedicated entrance, ambulance pick-up, and public walk-in area. There also is a sports medicine practice on the ground floor that shares a waiting room and a check-in counter with urgent care. The facility also contains a medical lab area for blood and urine collection and testing.

The imaging center has a separate accessible hallway for predominately women’s imaging such as bone density, mammography, and ultrasound. The CT and MRI scan rooms share a common control room but the windows are offset so patients cannot see the CT room thru the control area from MRI room. The X-ray room is directly supported by nearby tech work area and state-of-the-art physicians reading room.

The 13,000 sf second floor contains Northeast Georgia Physician Group’s Dawsonville Family Practice along with space for three additional specialty practices. These groups share a waiting and a check-in/check-out area along with a conference room, small lab, clean supply room. and staff lounge.

There are 21 exam rooms, two procedure rooms, seven physician offices and four nurse’s stations. In addition to NGPG suite, there is also a single practice time share suite with three exam rooms, an office, toilets, reception area, nurse’s station, clean and soiled rooms.

The public enters the facility beneath a new steel and wood canopy into welcoming two-story lobby with porcelain tiled flooring and a curved monumental stairway. Stone elements along with a glass curtain wall and railings provide natural light and a sense of openness and space. These elements  contrast the original brick veneer surrounding portions of the exterior and bringing added warmth into the vestibule and lobby.

Owner

Northeast Georgia Health System
Gainesville, GA

Square Footage

27,000

Cost

$5,645,709

Completion

April 2013

Video

Medical Plaza 400 CDH from CDH Partners on Vimeo.

Acworth Health Park

As a leading provider of healthcare services in the Metro-Atlanta area, WellStar Health System continues to work with CDH Partners to provide an innovative delivery to healthcare. This is being accomplished through the development of a series of health parks in the metro Atlanta area.

CDH designers created a master plan for the Acworth site that brought healthcare and wellness services closer to the community. This continues to be a primary goal for WellStar Health Systems. This bright and contemporary facility contains medical offices, exam rooms, along with areas for fitness and healthcare education. The mission style of this facility creates a warm and engaging experience for clients and guests.

The Health Park is located in a natural setting and is bordered by a residential development. It provides a full complement of services including diagnostic imaging, women’s services, ambulatory surgery, physical therapy, multi-specialty rehabilitation, urgent care, physicians offices including primary care, OB/GYN, pediatrics, cardiac/pulmonary, orthopedics, and a sleep center.

Future plans for the facility include a childcare, along with retail and pharmacy space.

Owner:

WellStar Health Systems
Marietta, Georgia

Square Footage

Phase 1 – 69,000

Cost:

$25 Million

Acreage

6 acres

Completion

Phase 1 – 20012
Phase 2 – 2014