With the goal of building a premier destination medical facility, the designers of Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Drexel Town Square Health Center have created calming environments for patients, according to our CDA judges.
Located in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek, the 108,100-square-foot health center is designed for the future. It is the first health center in the area to offer dozens of services without being a hospital, including primary care, urgent care, physical therapy and rehabilitation, cancer care, and ambulatory surgery.
Given the nature of these procedures, the design attempts to calm nerves. A curved Prodema wood panel wall covers the cancer center’s linear accelerator to politely define the site’s entrance point and assist in wayfinding for cancer patients. Stained glass art positioned above a scanning machine is designed to make potentially nerve wracking medical imaging procedures less harsh.
“If you look at the images, it looks like great care was given to the [patient’s] experience of this building,” notes one judge. “If you are in a scan or an MRI or whatever, the only real impact you have is what you see when you look up. They took care to provide a pleasant ceiling there.”
“They create some elements that were a little bit more creative and playful in an environment that isn’t necessarily a fun place for people,” notes another judge. “It’s a nice way to make those spaces a little bit more humane in places that are otherwise not the most fun to be in.”
Another judge used the words “warmth” and “coziness” to describe this medical facility. “You would never think you are walking into a hospital-like environment,” he states. “The exam rooms obviously are the real features of this space and bring comfort and warmth to the patients.”
Location: 7901 S. 6th St., Oak Creek, WI 53154
Owner/Developer: HSA PrimeCare, Chicago
General Contractor: C.G. Schmidt Inc.
Architect/Interior Design: Eppstein Uhen Architects
Structural Engineer: Pierce Engineers
Completion Date: December 2017
Joe Vanden Plas