Rapha Primary Care
Designed to Build, Andrew W. Privette, AIA
1920 Fort Bragg Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Location: Fayetteville, North Carolina
Date Bid: June 2007
Construction Period: Jul 2007 to Nov 2007
Total Square Feet: 19,907 Site: 1.43 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement, 4,643 (a portion of the basement was
renovated); first floor, 15,264; total, 19,907.
Building Height: Total, 26’5”.
Basic Construction Type: V-B/Renovation.
Foundation: Existing cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior
Walls: Metal, curtainwall. Roof: Metal, membrane. Floors:
Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Structural Visions, Inc. - 1110 Navaho
Drive, #605, Raleigh, NC 27609
General Contractor: Generations Construction - 4249 Tyndall
Bridge Road, Salemburg, NC 28385
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Coastal Plains Engineering,
P.A. - 30 Three Hunts Drive, Pembroke, NC 28372
This 1.3 million dollar project revitalized a tired and abused office
building into a vibrant and modern medical care facility. By using the
existing building and establishing a new dramatic entry a
twenty-year-old building received a new lease on life.
The dramatic entry with its unique footprint provides a bright and
welcoming atmosphere in which to receive the patients. The alcoves
provide sunbathed places to wait. Warm colors and clean lines clearly
delineate the spaces and provide easy way finding. Large soaring
windows, recessed for summer shading, provide natural light and unique
design elements. The building once lost in the cluttered streetscape now
features carefully selected champagne colored panels that draw
attention, emphasize the entry and stream line the facade. The overall
atmosphere is enhanced by the materials, colors and artwork chosen.
The existing building was wood framed, brick veneered, steel beams and
column, and engineered wood framed, low-sloped roof rafters. The floor
system is wood deck, wood truss, and steel girders with mostly crawl
space and some basement area. HVAC systems are roof mounted, package
units some old and some new. The building interior was gutted. New
demountable and drywall partitions and acoustical ceilings were
installed. Flooring consists mainly of ceramic tile with carpet in the
office areas and corridors.
The program requirements include a primary care facility with direct
access to lab and testing facilities. Office suites for the doctors are
conveniently located between the reception area and the exam rooms to
provide efficient patient care and appropriate support for the staff.
Roomy staff accommodations are provided in the basement to allow the
staff to relax, as well as perform non-patient business functions. The
basement also provides plentiful storage for bulk items and inactive
records. Eventually some of the basement will be developed for
observational patient labs, providing further diagnostic capabilities.
Seventeen fully equipped exam rooms ensure flexibility and the
possibility for growth, a must in this town.
The building has a primary care medical facility and lab on south end
and available tenant space for medical related services on the other.
The spaces are separated by a hallway axis through the center of the
building. This central axis allows for secondary entrances into the
building and additional transition spaces between tenants providing the
greatest amount of customization for each tenant.
The site is located at one of the most travelled intersections in
Fayetteville. Established transportation routes are utilized by
repurposing this site, with public transportation and carpooling as
viable options for the patients and staff. The parking was reconfigured
to maximize parking, provide better access, and improve the traffic flow
around the building.
This revitalization brings an abandoned building out of the shadows and
highlights the possibilities of renovation by re-organizing and
repurposing. By rejuvenating this old space, to better serve the
community in which it is situated, everyone wins. An old building gets a
new and useful life, an eyesore is removed, and medical care is expanded
in the community.
DIV. 7: Membrane: Versico; Metal Panels, Roof: ATAS.
DIV. 8: Storefront: YKK AP America.
DIV. 10: Demountable Partitions: Superwall.
DIV. 26: Lighting: Lithonia.