Northwest Medical Center, one of Buckhead’s premier multi-tenant medical office buildings since the 1970’s, underwent a major upgrade and modernization project. The vision to transform the aging property into a state-of-the-art health care facility included distinctive enhancements to both the exterior and interior.
The programming and design for this 156,000 square foot, four-story, medical office building embodies significant building improvements. The building was originally constructed with Core10 steel which began to rust-through requiring a new skin of insulated metal panels and 1” insulated loading glass which gave the building a fresh new appearance while correcting heat gain and noise issues from the nearby expressway.
The complex was additionally designed with a new arrival plaza addressing ADA and drop-off reorganization, a pedestrian canopy bridge and new wayfinding. A xeriscaping (creative landscaping designed to conserve water) courtyard now greets patients as they arrive and serves as a break space for staffers.
Other upgrades that improved patient and visitor experience are the redesign of the building lobbies and public corridors. The lobbies were redesigned to allow additional daylighting into the space. They complement the exterior with white and grey marble floors, contemporary furnishings, the addition of planters, as well as the relocation of the elevators. Exterior hardscape and landscape elements were redesigned to address the settling soli conditions which had occurred over a long span of time.