Green Bay, Wisconsin
Architect: Dental Associates and Stephen Perry Smith Architects
Owner: Dental Associates Family Specialty Care, LLC
Contractor: DeLeers Construction, Inc.
The client, a group dental practice, sought a building site to serve its expanding patient base in the Green Bay area. A highly visible stand-alone location with adequate parking was required for a dental clinic to house 18 operatories.
An existing vacant restaurant was identified as matching most of the requirements established by the client. Once home to a Max & Erma’s, the site had plenty of parking and was located in an area with easy access for the residential patient base.
The biggest challenge with the building was taking a building form with distinct corporate branding from one industry and altering it to project the brand identity of a completely different end user. The existing spaces were designed as a restaurant and bar, and the new space had to accommodate interactions between patients and doctors on a more intimate scale.
The footprint of the existing building was considered too small at 5,000 sf, so a 3,300 sf addition was designed to accommodate the patient reception and payment areas, employee offices and dental equipment room. There are several easements on the property that make an addition difficult. The solution was to offset the new and existing volumes to fit the site, which created an interesting floor plan. On the exterior, the offset volumes were used to disguise the fact that the major portion of the project was built a decade prior.
Rather than construct a new building, Dental Associates was able to reuse a site that was constructed with a very specialized program, and adapt the building for a completely different use. Modifying a restaurant for use as a dental office proved to be cost effective and environmentally beneficial.
Photo: DeLeers Construction