Awhatukee, Arizona

This facility incorporates an independent urgent care center, diagnostic suite, lab, pharmacy, ophthalmology center, and four distinct exam "pods" that provide obstetrics and gynecology services, pediatric care, internal medicine, as well as a combined "med-peds" pod that specializes in both internal medicine and pediatric care.

Neighborly identity in a predominantly retirement community was of paramount importance to the client. The building needed to be welcoming and friendly, as well as upscale and identifiable, without being ostentatious or monumental.  The building was set near the street to command the site and serve as its own signage.

The main entry is clearly defined by a barrel-vaulted metal canopy, echoed with a smaller half barrel design at the Urgent Care entry.  A central landscaped pedestrian walkway extends from the furthest edge of the parking lot and leads patients all the way to the cover of the canopy at the front door.

Patients visiting the Center enter through a vestibule (designed to provide after hours access to a public conference facility) into a 20-foot high clerestory-lit lobby that runs almost the entire length of the facility.  This public spine is paralleled by a clinical spine that in turn branches off into the exam "pods." The two spines are divided by a linear core of waiting areas, check-in desks and nurses stations. Wayfinding is simple, with a central information desk that directs patients along the spine to the appropriate pod waiting areas. Physicians’ offices are located in a remote wing to encourage maximum time spent within the exam pod.

A patient-friendly environment meets the needs of both sick adults and children. A pediatric waiting area with child-sized openings is provided, surrounded by a playful screenwall depicting an abstract skyline.  This space is directly linked to a back door where parents are able to bring infectious children straight through and into an exam room.  Exam room millwork includes a retractable writing surface so the doctor never has his back to the patient or sits imposingly between the patient and the door.  Both of these were important client considerations in patient comfort as were high windows in all the perimeter exam rooms to allow natural light without compromising privacy or reducing valuable wall space.  Other privacy measures included the installation of sound insulation that laps over onto the ceiling around all exam and procedure rooms, and cubicle curtains around each exam door so patients can change in complete privacy.

Principal Architect Frank Mascia FAIA, ACHA
Owner/Client Thomas-Davis Medical Centers
Contractor WJ Lang Construction, Inc.
Date Completed September 1995
Size of Project 20,200 SF New Construction on 2.1 acres
Construction Cost $2,200,000
Cost/Square Foot $110