Green Bay, Wisconsin
Architect: Somerville Architects & Engineers
Owner: Bellin Health System, Inc.
Contractor: Miron Construction Co., Inc.
“Team” is the theme of this state-of-the-art treatment and rehabilitation center, not only in how it is used but in how it was designed for use.
Through team-based care, a preeminent sports medicine and orthopedic care team works in partnership with patients on goals related to sports medicine and orthopedics, physical therapy, and athletic performance. biologics, ultrasound work, X-rays, MRI’s, fluoroscopy -- even urgent care open to all walk-ins, young and old – take place here in a building created through an integrated design process.
With an emphasis on “team” as the end goal, the design team tasked their own specialized team of architects, engineers and interior designers to suit-up, craft a vision, and make that vision a reality.
Balancing progressive and timeless, the architect designed a world-class 50,000-square-foot facility that is in keeping with the unique neighborhood while standing out in its own right. The building reflects the neighborhood around it. The west and south sides are smaller in scale, respectful to the neighboring houses. The east plays off the grandiosity of the stadium, the north integrates with the district’s primary play area.
Exterior features mirror the industrial roots of the city with a contemporary flair from the immediate, emergent district. Traditional materials are presented in nontraditional forms; rust colored utility brick and precast concrete merge with planes of interlocking zinc panels and an expansive skin of curtain wall. Green painted steel columns and beams assert their purpose, and collectively, the material palette reinforces the stadium aesthetic.
The exterior materials bleed into the indoor public spaces, where modern industrial meets the familiar calming and clean aesthetic of healthcare design. However, the resulting feeling here is different; the architecture speaks of energy and kinetics, with inspiring messages and images of local athletes lining the walls alongside sports paraphernalia.
The design team brought the outdoor sports indoors for performance enhancement and training, but it hardly feels “indoors” through the expanse of east facing curtain wall. Spaces are generously washed with natural daylighting, controlled by the building orientation, roof overhangs and vertical resin sunshades. The view from the facility is unrivaled; athletes get an impressive look at the stadium across the way – a motivator for their own self-improvement.
An eco-friendly turf football field, basketball court, sprinting track, pitching lane, cycling simulator and running lab are among the environments for athletes. High speed cameras and pressure sensitive force plates allow athletes and experts to breakdown and analyze every move, from every angle. The jumping, ball dribbling and weight dropping occurs overhead of the clinic space, although those below are entirely unaware thanks to the elaborate ceiling and floor system between. Through a combination of suspended drywall on spring isolators and a 12” thick layered floating floor slab, sound isolation and abatement is achieved for total noise control.
The design, layout and amenities give visitors the sense they’re in the same healing environment as the professional players – right there alongside the VIP’s. And in reality, they are. The facility serves the pro football team’s top athletes, high school prep stars, amateur runners, cyclers and ballers – anyone who needs to get back on their feet.
Photos: Ryan Photography