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  Thundermist Health CenterThundermist Health Center


Vision 3 Architects
225 Chapman Street, Providence, RI 02905

General Description
Location: West Warwick, Rhode Island
Date Bid: Sep 2010 Construction Period: Dec 2010 to June 2011
Total Square Feet: 45,084* Site: 3.72 acres. Number of Buildings: One.
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..

Construction Team

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.

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