Architect: Dental Associates
Owners: Dr. Thomas Manos & Cynthia Manos and Interstate Partners LLC
Contractor: Berghammer Construction Corporation
The client, a group dental practice, sought a building site to serve its expanding patient base near Waukesha. The model of the organization is to house general dentistry and specialty care in one facility. A highly visible stand-alone location with adequate parking was required for a dental clinic to house 53 operatories.
The irregular site is located at the intersection of two major thoroughfares in Waukesha, but only has access from an internal street. Because of the obtuse angle of the intersection, the site was best utilized by a building that was not rectangular.
Two distinct wings of the building were devised to house the major functions of the practice- general dentistry on one side, and specialty care on the other, organized around a taller central public space. The building needed two “front” facades- one that faced the busy intersection and another that provided an entrance oriented toward the internal street. The obtuse angle of the intersection allowed for an interesting volume to connect the two wings. 18’ tall glazing allows views completely through the central volume.
Because of the high number of dental operatories, the design strives to break down the program into smaller clusters of chairs, which are then used as building blocks to generate the form.
Responding to the need for a quick construction schedule, precast panels were devised as the major structure of the building. Brick was cast into the panels and multiple surface finishes were used to create patterns on all facades. The client has been building a brand through the construction of multiple facilities, and certain elements are used consistently to distinguish the brand- cut stone, dark fenestration, warm brick and metal panels.
The building responds well to a peculiar site, and takes precast panel techniques to a high level of finish. This large-scale building provides comfort and reassurance to individual patients through the use of human scale and a warm palette of materials.
Photos: Robert Popp