Flagstaff, Arizona

Forest Canyon Endoscopy and Surgery Center was commissioned by a group of doctors, practicing in different disciplines, who wanted to combine their services under one roof.  The building was designed under the strict aesthetic guidelines of the City of Flagstaff, Arizona.  Known as the gateway to the Grand Canyon, Flagstaff construction has been strongly influenced by traditional, rustic architecture.   The pitched roof, native-looking rock facing, subtle paint colors and prominent chimney create the appearance of a rural lodge.  This one-story building is nestled in a grove of mature pine trees and, by design, does not look like a conventional medical facility. The scale and style of the building are both welcoming and friendly.  Plantings were selected to echo the native forest surrounding the facility and to soften the appearance of the ample parking area.

The Center project was undertaken as a Design-Build venture between the client (doctors), architect CDG Architects and contractor (Loven Contracting, Inc.).  Collaboration between the three entities began at the project’s inception to ensure that each brought their specific experience to bear on the design process. Loven Contracting, local to Flagstaff, was instrumental in working with the City of Flagstaff to meet zoning/ code requirements and obtain permits. 

The doctors’ program included one minor surgery operating room, two endoscopic treatment/procedure rooms and appurtenant recovery and support areas.  The floor plan reflects the doctors’ collective desire to work in a comfortable, small-scale setting. Efficiency of workflow, allowing technical staff to interface with administrators and patients alike, was a critical design consideration. The Center was introduced to Flagstaff as a state-of-the-art facility.  Equipment was carefully selected and installed to meet the doctors’ needs.  The operating and recovery rooms were designed to feel expansive and bright - high-set windows allow natural light without compromising privacy or reducing valuable wall space.

Patient comfort was an essential factor in the building design. Warm colors were selected for the interiors; wall hangings, art objects and furniture were chosen to create a homey atmosphere. The architect and doctors agreed that a fireplace in the smaller waiting area would give it a “lodge” feel, putting clients at ease physically, in a warm and comfortable setting during cold winter days.  A play area was also included adjacent to the larger waiting room.

Principal Architect Frank Mascia FAIA, ACHA
Owner/Client Northern Arizona Gastroenterology, P.C.
Contractor Loven Contracting, Inc.
Date Completed November 2003
Size of Project 7,724 SF New Construction on 1.34 acres
Construction Cost $1,609,223
Cost/Square Foot $208