Stockton Medical Plaza
The Stockton Medical Plaza houses the many needs of an outpatient medical clinic, the clinic’s call center, and additional lease space. The building is designed to provide efficient, flexible space while making an impactful and concise statement in the heavily trafficked commercial and medical district it is placed.
The Stockton Medical Plaza serves as a billboard for a dermatology clinic wanting to be noticed in the highly competitive outpatient clinic business. The plaza building is designed to take full advantage of a high-volume intersection near the interstate of a busy and growing medical district. Many people pass by this site on their way from the interstate to a big box retail area making the location key for a landmark quality building. The slope of the site from north to south reinforced the need to orient this building in an east / west direction allowing for the building to act as the retaining wall for the site yielding bonus area in the half basement on the lower side of the site.
The building’s massing is intended to be bold visual statement derived from the work of the physicians perform in the building. Skin cancer is rapid, chaotic growth in the body and the building’s physicians work daily to restore the body back to its healthy order.
The mass on the east side of the building represents this process of healing as you move through it. The center core element of the building contains the rapid paced activity of the coming and going of patients, tenants, visitors, and staff through it from either parking lot into the shell spaces. The core is designed to represent the dissonance of the body in duress and sets the stage for the eventual relief of a patient. The second floor east side of the shell mass is the clinic space. It stretches out in an organized horizontal plane with slot windows to naturally illuminate each of the clinic rooms.
The west mass of the building is the leasable shell and anchor for the eastern perceived cantilever. It is an ordered heavy masonry colonnade to counterbalance the east mass that stretched toward the street. The skin’s regular window spacing provides for a flexible interior wall layout for any potential tenant.
The exterior canopy represents a scalpel slicing through the ravaged cancerous body of the building to remove the malignancy. The angled light fixtures and finishes within the central corridors signify the many physical and mental scars left by the healing process. Though their chaotic organization may be disconcerting, they represent signs of something terrible being removed.
The south elevation of the building. The soaring clinic mass to the east and the lease office anchor to the west.
The upper clinic floor is stretching toward the street over the open glass lease space of the first floor. The sharp awning reveals the entry.
The design of the interior shell reflects the surgical procedures inspired by the business type. The use of mirrored diagonal lines in the floor and ceiling represents the different stages of the healing process.
The corridor creates a journey for the occupant where the ceiling and the floors are the main focus. Lines continue from the exterior of the building leading into the entrance of the interior to form a unified design for the building, while also leading the occupant through the spaces.
Colors and patterns in the floor symbolize different stages of surgery; before, during & after. The simplicity of the color palette and materials enhances the dramatic lighting and flooring transitions.
The shell needed to create interesting common areas for the tenants of the building as well as visitors. Even though the shell space only included a small lobby, corridors, restrooms, and stairwells, these areas needed to provide an experience for the occupants before they reached their final destination as well as being innovative, clean and creative.
A call center office serving a clinic needed a separate space for the coordinators to correspond with patients. This office, located in the basement of Stockton Medical Plaza provided the healthcare employees a place away from the clinic to ensure privacy from patients and is more conducive to an active office setting. The concept explored perceived volume with an exposed ceiling, dropped architectural ceiling elements and high contrast with the sophisticated color palette through the use of wood textures, colors and patterns. Acoustical ceiling blades and dropped ceilings helped define the employee zones while also helping with sound control in the high-phone-use office.
An open office was desired to fill as many employees as possible. There was also a need for private offices set around the perimeter of the open office space so that mangers could have easy accessibility to the employees in cubicles. The open offices are zoned directed at the window wall with the private offices along the perimeter. The custom designed cubicles utilize bookshelves with voids to allow the private offices to receive natural light from across the office. To visually maximize the low ceiling height, the designer to utilize an exposed ceiling and deck, painted white. This allowed space to have ceiling heights and volume more similar to one of non-basement floors.