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Entry number: B08016
Statement of Design Approach:
The Coronado Medical Building uses color, materials, and textures conducive to the scale of the building. The use of stone, ground faced concrete masonry and stucco combined with the varied relief of the building façade creates a warm and inviting appearance. The building entry is enhanced by a raised standing seam metal roof over clerestory windows. Landscaping and ground faced concrete block retaining walls accent the north elevation.
The entrance lobby is a dramatic two story space featuring an interior curved glass curtain wall with offices overlooking the lobby. A curvilinear balcony with a glass and metal railing connects the east and west offices with the elevator lobby. The lobby is flooded with natural light from full height vertical windows and clerestory. The finishes of the exterior extend into the lobby by use of engaged stone columns and slate tile at the feature wall. The slate is extended onto the floor adding warmth to the two story space.
The east and west wings of the Coronado Building provide medical offices and physical therapy space. The west wing of the building houses a fitness center featuring a 2-story space used for rehabilitation of sports related injuries, a therapy pool, and an exterior running track extending the length of the building. On the second floor is the orthopedic physician's office with an MRI, x-ray room, and exam rooms with windows overlooking the 2-story fitness center. The second floor of the east wing of the building provides physician office space. On the first floor an out-patient surgical center is currently under construction.
To soften the impact of having a parking garage immediately adjacent to residences, the lower level of the garage was placed below grade with the second level at fourteen feet above finish grade. The structure was enhanced by use of additions to the façades creating elevated landscaped areas and dividing the façade into sections. The use of color and specially designed sports medallions enhance the aesthetic value and aid in reducing the perceived scale of the garage.
The building roof is a white, highly reflective TPO membrane for mitigation of the roof "heat island effect" keeping the interior of the building cooler.
Many of the construction materials are made of recycled or recyclable content and/or of local production.
The abundance of glass on the first floor fitness/rehabilitation gymnasium and at waiting rooms, exam rooms, and offices at the second floor allow the majority of the building user's access to natural day lighting.Exterior windows and curtain walls use tinted low -e glass to reduce heat gain. On the south elevation, the use of sun shades further assist to reduce the heat gain.
Material in ASL Library: Form Core Boards, Project Description Form, Exteriors Photos, Location Map, Site Plan, Floor Plan, and Interior Photos
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