• As much flat-floor parking as possible.
Getting in and out of a vehicle parked on a ramp is difficult for many patients.
• Easy to understand, navigate and exit.
Too many parking garages are difficult for first-time visitors, especially the elderly. Many of the newest garages include electronic systems to guide drivers to available spaces. Wayfinding to the garage elevator and facility entrance must be obvious and safe.
• Incorporating critical height in ground and first floor levels.
This allows future conversion to office and medical retail space.
• Planning for charging stations throughout structure.
According to McKinsey & Company, electric vehicle sales nearly doubled in 2018 over the prior year.
- Urban Medical Office Building Houston, TX, United States
- University Medical Center Healthcare Centers El Paso, TX, United States
- Specialty Ambulatory Facility Sugar Land, TX, United States
Repositioning preventive wellness facilities.
In alignment with scientific evidence of the impact that environments have on mental and physical health, Page has consistently emphasized a holistic approach of preventive wellness in its medical facility designs. We create medical office building (MOB) environments that draw on the everyday convenience of retail experiences. While reliability and efficiency of care are expected, today’s healthcare consumer also demands an enhanced experience including increased accessibility, comprehensive services, and branded environments.
Every one of our projects builds upon best practices and lessons learned across a wide range of clients and regions. MOBs should be visible and easy to access from main roads, with convenient parking and patient arrival. Access to adjacent buildings and garages should be protected from the weather. To accommodate the possibility of ambulatory surgery, elevators must be appropriately sized, covered drop-off provided and separate discharge areas as well as ambulance access should be considered.
Architecture and signage should reflect tenants’ brand of care. The base building public spaces must be efficiently designed to accommodate a variety of medical lease needs and adaptable to future medical trends and technology while remaining cost-effective to build.
- Strategies / Analytics
Healthcare buildings are designed to remain for decades, yet the interior environment needs to adapt and change at the same pace that medical processes evolve due to new technology and operations. We typically locate major fixed elements such as stairs, elevators, mechanical shafts and electrical / telecommunication spaces outside the primary functional areas. This allows maximum flexibility if primary spaces need to be reconfigured later.
Modern Spine, a specialty ambulatory practice, sought a dynamic, flexible design that would accommodate future needs. The result was a 10,000 square foot building in which the medical practice occupied one half, leaving the other as a shell space for potential tenants. As the practice expanded, the moveable, modular walls provide the client with the ability to rearrange their office space with little to no additional construction, and within hours.
Creating healthy environments
The commitment to sustain and respect our environment for future generations challenges us to continually and critically evaluate materials and methods selected for use on our projects, particularly in the healthcare environment. We believe as with “Do No Harm,” our built environments should perform to the same standard. We are active participants in the Materials Matter program which is an industry commitment to healthy product selection.
Page designed the Spring Valley Medical Plaza to accommodate multiple surgical spaces, a restorative health facility, medical offices and a medical spa for various clients. It was essential that materials selected would support hygienic standards and regenerative health while still meeting the clients’ desires for clean and modern luxury. The design team achieved this with daylighting, a proven health benefit, and low-emission and bacteria-resistant materials with luxurious touches and varied textures.
There is no “I” in “team”
Page recognizes that the success of each project is a reflection on its entire team. In healthcare design, that includes building owners, facility managers, physicians and other medical staff. Their input allows our design experts to better utilize planning and tools, models, and benchmarks that will speed the process of developing custom solutions for the project team and support informative decision making of an optimal design.
Page developed a prototype for a network of medical facilities in one of the poorest counties in its state. To help more people access preventive wellness services, we worked with the client to address the region’s most pressing demographic needs as well as a local architect to manage the harsh climate. All the facilities have multiple spaces for different medical services, which are available for community use too, and reflect local design vernacular.
It pays to park
Because MOBs require many parking spaces, larger building designs frequently include an integrated or adjacent parking garage. We believe that future-proofing parking garages is essential to maximizing mid and long-term value for our clients. We think most if not all of the following should be examined to achieve this goal, balanced as always with cost/benefit analysis:
We've earned these figures
- $2B+ COMBINED PROJECT CONSTRUCTION VALUE IN PAST FIVE YEARS
- 40,000+ PARKING SPACES PLANNED IN PAST DECADE
- 450+ PAGE HEALTHCARE CLIENTS
- #22 2019 BUILDING DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION HEALTHCARE GIANTS RANKING
Every detail is considered
“Visiting the doctor can cause inconvenience, disruption, even anguish. Building a brand for a medical practice relies heavily on the patient experience. Every aspect of the medical office building plays a role in creating consistent and pleasant experiences. We work with our clients to provide innovative design solutions that enhance the healing process. ”
- Houston AIA Interior Design – Juried Exhibition