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  Modesto Radiological Institute – Turlock

Architect & Interior Design

Nacht & Lewis Architects
600 Q Street, #100, Sacramento, CA 95811

General Description

Location: Turlock, California
Date Bid: Mar 2005 Construction Period: Nov 2005 to Feb 2007
Total Square Feet: 20,945 Site: 1.5 acres.
Number of Buildings: One. 
Building Size: First floor, 11,119; second floor, 9,826; total, 20,945 square feet. Building Height: First floor, 16’; second floor, 14’; total, 33’. Basic Construction Type: II-N/New.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Stucco, stone, zinc, storefront. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall, zinc.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Buehler & Buehler Structural Engineers - 600 Q Street, #200, Sacramento, CA 95811
General Contractor: Cameron Builders, Inc. - 370 Park Street, #5, Moragaca, CA 94556
Electrical Engineer: Capital Engineering Consultants - 11020 Sun Center Drive, #100, Rancho Cordova, CA 95670
Mechanical Engineer: The Engineering Enterprise - 853 Lincoln Way, #105, Auburn, CA 95603
Cost Estimator: Sierra West Group, LLC - 2730 Gateway Oaks Drive, #110, Sacramento, CA 95833

Modesto Radiological Institute – Turlock, Page 28

Modesto Radiological Institute is a medical imaging group in the central valley of California. The home office in Modesto serves medical groups and hospitals. 

Since the population in the area had expanded, business grew; and with many patients traveling from surrounding towns to visit the clinic, there came an opportunity to expand. Modesto Radiological Institute decided to open another facility in the town of Turlock, a half hour drive down the valley.

After a qualifications-based interview, Nacht & Lewis was awarded the contract. The delivery method suggested by the architect was Design-Assist. Cameron Builders, Inc., the general contractor, was brought into the project at the beginning to review drawings and provide cost control during design and documentation. The major trades were competitively bid and the result was faster delivery to the permit phase with no delays for value engineering and a smoother construction process.

The program was for 20,000 square feet of building space with 10,000 square feet for multi-modality imaging in the first phase. The second phase was identified as future lease space for related medical services. The imaging modalities selected were MRI, PET/CT, rad/fluoro, ultrasound, dexa scanner, and required support spaces.

In the initial goal-setting meeting, the client defined patient comfort as their major concern, emphasizing that the path the patient takes should be clear and smooth. A second goal was to achieve comfort and efficiency in work flow for the staff. As a third goal, the client wished to be a part of and serve the local community.

With the three goals in mind, the team came up with a design to accommodate those goals:

The project is a two-story building. The first phase imaging, located on the ground floor, accommodates the heavy equipment and provides ease of patient access. A two-story lobby space accommodates the entry and waiting rooms, and is easily recognizable from the exterior. Internal circulation was designed around the idea of providing views to the exterior from all staff spaces and one end of all corridors.

A large part of Turlock’s population comes from an Assyrian background. Building forms and landscaping features were designed as gestures to honor the Assyrian population’s historic architecture. Stone is used as the major accent material with sloping walls on the east and west ends. The second accent material is zinc, which clads an exit staircase and feature wall at the entry. The fenestration on the lower floor is function-specific.

The upper floor has horizontal windows with sunscreens to provide flexibility for future tenants. The imaging rooms have windows screened for privacy. Screen walls of landscaping draped over a metal frame will allow for added privacy and solar control when the plants mature. Each corner of the building is treated differently and the waiting room has a large expanse of two-story glazing facing the parking lot. A second wall provides a visual barrier to the parking area and has a horizontal strip of glazing between it and the slab. The feature wall appears to float and has a prominent opening for artwork, to draw attention to the interior and away from the parking outside.  


DIV. 4: Architectural Stone Veneer: Eldorado Stone. 
DIV. 7: Single-Ply Roofing: Johns Manville; Rigid Insulation: Johns Manville. 
DIV. 8: Storefront, Curtain Wall, Windows: Vistawall; Translucent Roof Panels: Skywall; Glazing: Viracon; Exterior & Interior Hollow Metal Doors: Steelcraft. 
DIV. 9: Gypsum: USG; Acoustical Treatment: Donn® & Astro ClimaPlus® by USG; Access Flooring: TATE; Marmoleum®.

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