Healthcare Design - March 2016 - 72
F FIRST LOOK | 03.16
The design of a new site for Austin Regional Clinic relies on solutions to
answer the building's solar orientation in its Cedar Park, Texas, location
By Jennifer Kovacs Silvis
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Top: A large canopy extends over full-height glazing to signal the main
entry to the building while also providing protection and shading. On
the second floor, the building's design creates a transparent box that
becomes a glowing lantern at night. Above: The main lobby of the clinic
is warmed by the use of neutral earth tones and generous amounts of
natural light. Walnut-clad kiosks for patient self-check-in are designed
to stand out as prominent features that encourage patients to use them
upon entering the space.
OOA/OFFICE OF ARCHITECTURE
To meet the primary care needs of growing Austin, Texas, suburb Cedar Park, Austin Regional Clinic is building a $5 million,
20,287-square foot facility. The two-story
building will house primary and specialty care
practices for adult and pediatric patients.
Housing 52 exam rooms, two procedure
rooms, as well as offices, labs, and staff support spaces, the building design is steeped in
solutions to answer the locale's bright sunshine.
Designed by Office of Architecture (Wimberley,
Texas), the project is being constructed by general contractor Austin Canyon Corp. (Austin).
The exterior uses a building shell constructed
of insulated concrete forms (ICF) made of
recycled content, spray-foam insulation, and a
highly reflective roof, with a building cladding
of stone and stucco. The stucco, along with an
interior plaster finish, will be applied directly to
the ICF to achieve greater efficiency and create
a sound building envelope.
The building's second floor uses a larger
footprint than that of the first to accommodate
the majority of exam rooms, and it cantilevers
over the first floor to provide that additional
square footage as well as offer shading to the
first floor and pervious coverage to the ground
The interiors do their part in answering the
building's solar orientation, too. For example,
doctors' and nurses' work areas are sited along
the north and south sides of the two floors,
where generous glazing allows daylighting. Public areas, including patient self-check-in kiosks,
are located on the south and east sides, where
daylighting is provided but motorized shades
and overhangs help combat the path of the sun
and maintain a comfortable environment.
Aesthetically, natural materials, such as the
exterior's wood and stucco, are continued on
the interior, where neutral earth tones meet the
natural light to achieve warmth throughout.
The project is scheduled to open this fall. HCD