Ambulatory Surgery Center|
Bonsall Shafferman Architects & Space Planners
1640 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Location: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Sep 2010 Construction Period: Sep 2011 to Sep
Total Square Feet: 19,929 Site: 4.0689 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Addition, 17,500; addition/enclosure under
existing building, 1,629; alteration, 800; total, 19,929.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; total, 14’.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/Renovation.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: EIFS,
manufactured stone. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Liberty
Engineering, Inc. - 7535 Windsor Drive, #B-203, Allentown, PA 18195
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Spread Eagle Development
Corporation - 447 Office Plaza, 200 Plaza Ct., #A, East Stroudsburg, PA
With a significant growth of business in recent years, Pocono Ambulatory
Surgery Center needed substantial help in expanding their existing
facility. The first problem was to overcome a long, narrow and difficult
site. The program initially called for an addition with three (3) Class
"C" operatories, recovery areas with patient beds and nurses stations
along with the required exam rooms and typical support spaces. A
sheltered patient drop off and pick up area was also required.
Thus, the first challenge was to fit the addition with a complex program
to the narrow site with tight setbacks. The setbacks and line of the
existing street on the north side of the building caused the new
addition to step with it. The stepping of the façade that was
necessitated by the setbacks turned into a design opportunity in terms
of the addition's massing.
Another challenge was to create a clear path of circulation within the
facility to guide patients from the waiting areas to the treatment
areas. The key to overcoming the challenges was to transform the dark
and uninviting parking area below the existing second story into what
became known as the "Gallery". This enclosure wraps around the original
building forming a link to the new treatment areas, while serving as the
waiting room with views over the creek below toward downtown Stroudsburg
The exterior facade of the addition is finished with stone veneer from
Dutch Quality along with the EIFS installation of Energex-PB Drainage
Wrap System selected to both insulate and match the stucco of the
Natural light is an important amenity for the new addition. A clerestory
above the pre-op and recovery areas allows natural light deep into the
patient and nurse areas. It has become well documented as to the health
benefits of exposure to natural lighting in the healing process. In
terms of massing, the modernist clerestory creates a playful dialogue
with the mansard roof of the existing Victorian structure. The three (3)
new operating rooms on the south side of the building afford relaxing
views of the tree-lined berm outside.
While the existing building is of wood frame construction, the new
addition is steel frame. Both the existing and the addition are provided
with an automatic sprinkler system. Systems required to serve the
addition include medical gas. The HVAC system includes roof mounted air
handlers feeding VAV boxes. The air handlers serving the OR's include
pre-filters and HEPA final filters. Additional electrical requirements
for the facility include a Type I 80 KW emergency electrical service
Completed in September 2012 the Pocono Ambulatory Surgery Center has
been well received by the patients and those caring for them.
EIFS: Energex-PB Drainage Wrap System
Membrane Roof: Carlisle Sure Seal
Entrances, Storefronts: Kawneer
Glazing: PPG Sungate®
Sheet Vinyl Flooring: Armstrong Medintech, Altro Smooth Ethos
Paint: Sherwin Williams Tile: Dal-Tile
Lighting: Architectural Area Lighting, DM Lighting, Original Cast