Architect: John Van Rooy Architecture
Owner: Advanced Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists, SC
Contractor: Triad Construction Inc.
The owners of Advanced Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists (Advent) purchased a 10,000 sq ft 1960’s building on a highly visible address for their expanding medical practice. The building as purchased was most recently a fitness center with few interior walls. The exterior was orange painted masonry with few windows. The street facing façade was made up of storefront windows and a tacked on red mansard roof with a central single gable.
They desired a new facility as an iconic brick and mortar location to work in conjunction with their radio and television marketing and represent the cutting edge technology they used in their practice. They wanted a building that spoke to their brand as well as met their programmatic requirements of housing exam rooms, procedure rooms and their business headquarters. The interior experience was to be contemporary and welcoming. Their practice is split between Ear, Nose and Throat surgeons and Audiologists. These functions required significant efforts to accommodate acoustic isolation of all rooms, particularly the audiology testing suites.
To meet their needs the existing building was stripped to its structural shell and the street facing bay was completely removed so it could be reconfigured into a more desirable composition. The new southern portion of the street facade consists of a green tinted curtain wall tower with aluminum panels resting on a base of local cut limestone. The curtain wall uses airfoil louvers as both a compositional element as well as to harvest or block solar heat gain. The northern portion of the street façade is composed of a weathered steel rainscreen in large panels, fastened with exposed stainless steel structural rivets, all punctured by a large, continuous inset of butt glazed storefront. New openings were punched into the existing masonry on the rest of the building and limestone bases were added at their sills. The remaining masonry was re-painted white. The west elevation which faces the main parking area added a weathered steel and glass entry tower as well as new windows overlooking the main parking lot and new landscaped areas.
The interior brings an entry and lobby with large swaths of wire brushed, rift sawn, white oak in java stain complimented by light limestone accents that match that of the exterior. This touch of wood is picked up throughout the facility in the rift white oak doors also stained java.
The renovation improved energy efficiency with a significant increase in insulation at the walls, roof and incorporates new high efficient mechanical systems and LED lighting throughout.
Acoustic treatments including wall and door assemblies capable of providing an appropriate environment for the practice was paramount. Wall assemblies extend to the structural deck and consist of mineral wool insulation, multiple layers of gyp board, isolated NRC channels and acoustic sealants.
Photos: Alloy Photography