Vision 3 Architects
225 Chapman Street, Providence, RI 02905
West Warwick, Rhode Island
Date Bid: Sep 2010 Construction Period: Dec 2010 to June
Total Square Feet: 45,084* Site: 3.72 acres. Number of
Building Size: Scope of work, second floor, 18,217.
Building Height: Basement, 7’6”; first floor, 15’2”; second
floor, 16’7”; total, 39’9”.
Basic Construction Type: 3B/Adaptive Reuse.
Foundation: Stone. Exterior Walls: Load bearing masonry.
Roof: Membrane. Floors: Wood. Interior Walls: Metal
stud drywall, load bearing brick..
Owner's Representative: The Aspen Group - 100 Riverpark Drive,
North Reading, MA 01864
Structural Engineer: Odeh Engineers, Inc. - 1223 Mineral Spring
Avenue, North Providence, RI 02904
General Contractor: Alhambra Building Company - 2077 Elmwood
Avenue, Warwick, RI 02888
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Creative Environment Corp. - 50
Office Parkway, East Providence, RI 02914
Civil Engineer: Commonwealth Engineers & Consultants, Inc. - 400
Smith Street, Providence, RI 02908
Vision 3 Architects provided architectural and interior design services
for Thundermist Community Health Center's newest location at 186
Providence Street in West Warwick. This project is an adaptive reuse of
a 120-year-old historic granite mill building that is known in the
community as The Cotton Shed at Royal Mills. Working with State Historic
Preservation and Heritage Commission, Vision 3 prepared a design concept
that preserves and features many historic elements of the building
including the existing clerestory windows, heavy timber construction and
exposed interior stone and brick walls. The new 18,000-square-foot
health center greatly expands Thundermist's ability to serve their
patients, and includes 28 exam rooms, a 75-100 person multi-purpose
conference room, clinical, staff, and administrative spaces all on one
level. Continuing to make an enormous impact on the lives of over 6,000
patients who have used the West Warwick center on Main Street in the six
years it has been open, this new facility will enable Thundermist to
expand its medical services to meet the increasing needs of West Warwick
and surrounding areas.
Prior to Thundermist Health Center purchasing the property, a developer
had begun renovating the building and site for a spec/retail use. Rough
grading and paving, and site retaining walls were in place. A new roof
had been installed, and most of the exterior windows and doors had
already been replaced. Project scope included completion of site work,
new bridges at entries, and miscellaneous exterior renovations. The
basement was converted to the building's mechanical room, the lower
level was left as shell space for future tenants, and the upper level
completely built-out for the new health center.
The challenge was how to create a quality healthcare facility in a
120-year-old mill building, while preserving as many historic features
as possible. Vision 3 Architects took on this design challenge, and
carefully evaluated the Center's needs in order to design a health
center that not only complimented the historical features of the 2-story
mill building, but also created an environment that supported the
Patient-Centered Medical Home approach. This included creating spaces
that were flexible in size and layout to foster collaboration between
the clinical teams, and that focus on ways to improve patient education.
Vision 3 Architects created a warm, hotel style lobby environment that
welcomes patients and families while challenging the concepts of
traditional medical waiting and check in procedures. The urgent care
exam room, right off the lobby space, serves patients efficiently and
with extended hours that can greatly reduce the number of unnecessary
emergency room visits. The large Community Room, with a full teaching
kitchen, an attached exam room, and teleconferencing capabilities, can
serve as a community classroom, a staff fitness area, or when subdivided
into smaller rooms, can serve multiple functions at once.
For over 24 years, Vision 3 Architects has provided design services to
over 50 healthcare clients including Providence Community Health
Centers, Home & Hospice Care of Rhode Island, and WellOne Community
Health Center, to name a few. They are committed to working closely with
healthcare clients to develop design strategies focused on patient care,
staff needs, and maximum efficiency.