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  Pondella Public Health Center

Pondella Public Health CenterArchitect

Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc.
4525 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611

General Description

Location: North Fort Myers, Florida
Date Bid: (GMP) Aug 2007
Construction Period: Aug 2007 to Aug 2008
Total Square Feet: 26,400 Site: 2.75 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 26,400; total, 26,400 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 25’3”; total, 25’3”.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation/Column Beam Masonry Wall.
Foundation: Partial existing, cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU. Roof: Built-up, lightweight insulating concrete. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural, Mechanical, Electrical Engineer: Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc. - 4525 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611
General Contractor: Biltmore Construction Co., Inc. - 1055 Ponce de Leon Boulevard, Belleair, FL 33756
Cost Estimator: Long & Associates Architects/Engineers, Inc. - 4525 South Manhattan Avenue, Tampa, FL 33611

In an era of tight budget constraints, this project is an excellent example of Use Change Renovation.

The scope of the Pondella Public Health project was to transform a former retail facility into a public health unit. The existing 26,400-square-foot building was gutted, leaving the footprint and shell. The entire interior was redesigned to create a county public health clinic to better serve the growing needs of the surrounding Ft. Myers community in Lee County, Florida.

Special services include a Woman-Infant-Child (WIC) Clinic, Communicable Disease Care, Pharmacy, Vital Statistics Suite, Record Keeping and Staff area, Administration area, Conference areas and large multi-purpose meeting room with ancillary facilities. This multi-purpose area will easily convert into an Emergency Operations Center for the community should the need arise.

Each department has its own entry painted in a distinctive color, a lobby and reception/waiting area. All informational literature for the patients will key to the departmental entry color for ease in identification. The building is designed for interior expansion into a 2,000-square-foot area presently used for general storage.

An interconnecting hallway between the departments allows total access and creates ease in communication. Should the facility be needed as a triage area during public emergency, this interdepartmental hallway design will allow for easy access and mobility to quickly move large numbers of patients requiring services.

In order to bring this medical facility within current Florida Building Code, the roof and wall structure was reinforced and all windows and doors were selected to withstand 130/mph winds.


DIV. 8: Window: Winco; Storefronts: Vistawall.
DIV. 9: Gypsum Sheathing: Georgia Pacific DensGlass(R) Gold. VCT: Armstrong; Tile: Dal-Tile.
DIV. 10: Folding Partitions: Modernfold.


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