Architect: Stephen Perry Smith Architects
Owner: Dr. Thomas Manos & Cynthia Manos
Contractor: Berghammer Construction Corporation
The client, a group dental practice, was responding to increased demand at its first and oldest location in Milwaukee. It was decided to move the practice into a newly remodeled facility and to close the original location. 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 42 operatories.
A vacant “big box” store which was available in a prime location lent itself to adaptive reuse. The location and parking were adequate, but the existing building was a bit smaller than needed to house the existing doctor teams.
To provide the area needed, a mezzanine was added to the existing building since the open structure was much taller than what was needed for the practice of dentistry. A 4,000 square foot steel structure was constructed down the middle of the existing volume to house all of the employee including locker rooms, lunchroom and dental equipment room. This created two higher volumes flanking the mezzanine, and a lower space underneath the mezzanine. These areas were used to create differing volumes that define the major functions of the practice- general dentistry on one side, and specialty care on the other.
Because of the high number of dental operatories, the design strives to break down the program into smaller clusters of chairs, which are organized along the major corridors.
The client has been building a brand through the construction of multiple facilities, elements used consistently to distinguish the brand include cut stone, dark fenestration, warm brick and metal panels. The exterior was changed extensively to eliminate the big box feel, and to provide a more human scale to the entry sequence.
Photos: Mark Demsky, AIA. and Josh Hugo