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  Pocono Ambulatory Surgery CenterPocono Ambulatory Surgery Center


Bonsall Shafferman Architects & Space Planners
1640 Valley Center Parkway, Bethlehem, PA 18017

General Description

Location: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Sep 2010 Construction Period: Sep 2011 to Sep 2012
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.

Project Team

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 18301

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 beyond.

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 existing facility.

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 generator.

Completed in September 2012 the Pocono Ambulatory Surgery Center has been well received by the patients and those caring for them.

Product Information
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 Lighting

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