Designed in a Cape Cod style, this medical addition adds 25,000 square feet of office and medical space.
THE NEW ADDITION TO THE RIVERA BUILDING is a 25,000 square foot, two story annex to an existing one story, 6,500 square foot building erected in 1990. The original 1990 generic Cape Cod style building, housing a general medical practice and separate orthopedic practice, provided the starting point for the design and programming of the new addition. The program called for the relocation of the orthopedic practice to the new addition's ground level, along with a physical therapy clinic and imaging center; the speculative upper level includes three multi-space, self contained office suites, with the remainder of the second level configured as individual offices with common support services.
The design for the new addition, connected to the existing building by a new porte cochere, expands the aesthetic heritage of the Cape Code style to include several attributes of vernacular New England maritime architecture. A windowed, octagonal tower located on the northwest corner of the addition, abutting the three lane (one way east) Olympia Boulevard/U.S. 17 right of way and project entrance drive, is based loosely on carpenter style New England light house prototypes. This three story anchor, perched atop a brick faced perimeter walk almost six feet above grade (to comply with flood plain requirements), provides a visual site reference for both building users and motorist, along with views of the nearby Peace River for its occupants. The building's exterior, clad with the apparent wood clapboards and trim, are all fabricated from specialized Portland cement materials and urethane or extruded polystyrene foam (non-EFS). The building walls and roofs are fully insulated at the exterior perimeter; all spaces, including unused attic area, are a part of the insulated envelope.
This project features concrete and masonry walls and structural and light gauge steel floor and roof framing. The two story addition is configured with a high solar reflectance metal finished gambrel roof to minimize and integrate the scale of the new two story addition with the much lower existing one story structure. The upper portion of the gambrel provides a concealed mechanical equipment well, roofed with a highly reflective PVC membrane, to accommodate the extensive air conditioning and cooling equipment; the equipment well is accessed through an exit stair penthouse. Gambrel dormers provide day lighting for almost all of the offices of the second level; at the first level, 70% of the office, exam, therapy and treatment rooms are day-lit.
A 7,500 square foot Eco-friendly medical office designed in the Mizner Mediterranean style.
THE NEW MEDICAL OFFICE BUILDING designed for Dr. Douglas Hershkowitz's neurosurgery practice is a 7,500 square foot, single story building placed on a previously developed one acre site on U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail in Port Charlotte, Florida. While the design of the building evokes a very traditional Mizner Mediterranean aesthetic, energy optimization, including use of renewable energy sources, provides the building with a high performance, green building component. The polygonal shaped site, coupled with a dedicated access easement through the site, and the local jurisdiction's parking requirements for healthcare occupancies and minimal front setback requirements, severely limited the options for placement of the building on the site.
The design of the building and site are conceived to contain and treat a high percentage of site water and utilize roof top rainwater and roof top HVAC condensate water for landscape irrigation. The dumpster foundations provide the cistern for the storage of rooftop and condensate rainwater for irrigation; an outfall from the cistern to the sub-surface storm water structure is to be provided. All hardscape storm water will be fully contained on the site in surface and sub-surface storm water management areas/structures. High solar reflectance index (SRI) concrete paving materials with be used for the site hardscape and high SRI roofing materials for building waterproofing to minimize heat island effect, both roof and non-roof. The site lighting design will conform with IESNA requirements to minimize nighttime light pollution and trespass.
This building structure features concrete and masonry walls and structural and structural steel roof framing. The building walls and roofs are fully insulated at the exterior perimeter; all spaces, including unused attic area, are a part of the insulated envelope and considerably surpass the envelope requirements of ASHRAE 90.1 and the Energy Efficiency Requirements of the Florida Building Code. Windows are double glazed, argon filled and tinted. High efficiency, two speed compressor units (roof top) are utilized for all space cooling. Primary water heating is from condenser unit heat recovery with secondary electrical backup. A rooftop photovoltaic array will provide up to 15% of the buildings electrical energy needs; the building electrical service will include net metering of excess power. Daylighting is provided to 90% of the occupied spaces.
Planned as a medical center in Charlotte Harbor, Florida. This innovative design features natural lighting in most areas and shorter walking distances for patients.
WESTCHESTER TOWERS in Charlotte Harbor Area of Port Charlotte, was designed as a new Retail and Health Care Mixed Use Facility to take advantage of the zoning accommodations of Charlotte County's (then) newly enacted U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail Overlay District. Located on the site of a former motel complex, the four story, 36,000 square foot shell building features a long, relatively narrow vertical block accentuated by a five story, central vertical core element which allows daylighting in almost all public and user areas on each floor. The ground level, access controlled elevator lobby, with two hospital type (4,500 pound capacity) elevators
is centrally located to provide minimum travel distance for patient access to health care tenant areas on upper floors. On the uppers floors, slab to ceiling exterior windows with views of Charlotte Harbor are located at the elevator lobbies to clarify the building user's orientation and assist wayfinding. Additionally, covered, secure parking, accessible directly to the ground floor elevator lobby, is provided for primary tenants. Day-lit public restrooms are accessible from the elevator lobbies of the upper three floors.
The five story high entrance pavilion signifies the landmark status of this building; oriented at a 45 degree angle to the primary building geometry, the eight foot diameter, back lit clocks punctuate the top of the tower, providing a comforting traditional architectural reference at the scale of the city to travelers on this six lane section of U.S. 41/Tamiami Trail and the adjacent parallel access roads.
Rough plumbing risers and blank electrical and communication conduits were provides at each structural steel column (located on a 30 foot by 30 foot grid) on each floor to accommodate the future healthcare use. Exterior rooftop mechanical units are located in a rooftop well above the fourth level completely hidden from view but accessible from exit stair penthouses. The sloped roof concealing the mechanical well are off-white high reflectance galvalume steel; the low slope and interior parapet membranes are PVC with a solar reflectance index of 103. Both materials contribute to a consideration reduction in roof heat island effect.