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  Dean McGee Eye InstituteDean McGee Eye Institute


ADG, Inc.
116 E. Sheridan, #100, Oklahoma City, OK 73104

General Description

Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date Bid: Dec 2006 Construction Period: Dec 2006 to Feb 2012
Total Square Feet: 78,506 Site: 46.4 Acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Basement, 15,604; first floor, 17,954; second floor, 15,618; third floor, 15,620; fourth floor, 13,710; total, 78,506 square feet.
Building Height: Basement 16’; first through fourth floor, 13’;
penthouse, 14’ 4 ½”; floor to floor, 13’; total, 66’ 4 ½”.
Basic Construction Type: Addition/II B.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced
concrete, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, curtainwall.
Roof: Built-up, metal, membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.
Concrete: 519 CY for Piers; 219 CY for Columns; 63 CY for Cont/Footings; 185 CY for Grade Beams; 1,537 CY for Walls; 378 CY for Slab on Grade; 44 CY for Stairs & Landings; 3,016 CY for Elevated Decks; 37 CY Misc. Electrical & Mechanical Pads.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Zahl-Ford, Inc. - 8411 S. Walker Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 73139
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Smith & Pickel Construction, Inc. - P.O. Box 21447, Oklahoma City, OK 73156
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Affiliated Engineers, Inc. - 1601 5th Avenue, #1400, Seattle, WA 98101
Civil Engineer: Smith Roberts Baldischwiler, LLC - 100 N.E. 5th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Curtain Wall Design: Curtain Wall Design & Consulting, Inc. - 8070 Park Lane, #400, Dallas, TX 75231
Sculpture Artist: Mark Dziewulski Architect - 1211 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

A design competition was the first step towards the creation of an iconic expansion of the outdated, overcrowded facility that housed the Dean McGee Eye Institute - one of the leading eye institutes in the United States. DMEI sought a design that would complement their 1970s-era building and express the groundbreaking research taking place within its walls. The Institute provides services for over 150,000 patients each year. An expansion would have to be accomplished while maintaining operations throughout construction.

ADG was selected to work with administrators on the phased design construction project. A compact site and limited options for expansion drove the design solution.

The 78,500-square-foot expansion enlivens DMEI's original building while doubling laboratory and clinical space in the facility. The building includes an iconic four-story glass atrium with a blue fritted glass sunshade. The composition juxtaposes powerful rectilinear forms against sweeping curves and colorful masses of texture and light. A new clinical/research building seemingly collides with the original at the central atrium lobby to create a visual pinch point, drawing visitors to reception and creating a dynamic hub that organizes movement throughout the entire "married" building.

Window and structural rhythms emulate the style of the original. An angled, charcoal brick wall dominates the northern face, focusing attention to the main entry while visually paying homage to the color and proportions of the original's smoke-colored curtain wall and geometric grid. The circular atrium softens the original's Brutalist form and introduces reflective qualities through the use of clear anodized aluminum fins.

In the open, four-story lobby interior finishes blend with the original's concrete and brick exterior. Wooden beams overhead and patterned flooring underfoot splay out from the circular reception area to symbolize the rods and cones of the human eye. Curved bridges and glass-fronted elevators in the atrium provide a visual frame of reference to simplify wayfinding throughout.

The structural system is comprised of two systems: poured-in-place concrete for new research and clinical space, and a steel system for the open atrium. There were inherent challenges selecting the appropriate mechanical system due to the dual functions of the building. While the clinics use recirculated return air, the laboratories require 100% outside air and vent hoods for air extraction. The overall mechanical system ties into the central plant on the University of Oklahoma's academic medical center campus.

The $26 million expansion also includes a two-level, 378-space parking structure and a renovation of the original 70,000-square-foot institute. Neither phase is included in the provided construction data.

The true success of this project lies with creating state-of-the-art facilities that expand upon the high quality of research and patient care, while enabling the institute to attract top talent in researchers and physicians. The iconic design visually expresses the sophisticated research being performed inside the building.

A busy, compact site with a high tech healthcare facility that needed to maintain full operations throughout the entire construction process made for a challenging project. Problems were identified and solved through frequent, open communication and great teamwork.

Product Information
Exterior Sheathing: Georgia Pacific Masonry: Cloud Ceramics
EIFS: Dryvit Metal Panels: Alcoa Architectural Products
Built-Up Roofing: Atlas Modified Bitumen Membranes: Siplast
Metal Panel Roofing: Berridge Manufacturing Curtain Wall: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Hardware: Corbin Russwin, Von Duprin Wood Doors: Marshfield
Metal Framing: Dietrich Insulation: Johns Manville
Ceiling Grid: USG Ceiling Tile: Armstrong Epoxy Flooring: Dur-A-Flex
Carpet: Patcraft, Shaw, Durkan Resilient Flooring: Mannington, Teknoflor
Elevators: Otis Lighting: Lithonia, Spectrum, Linear, Bega, Sistemalux, Elliptipar, Hydrel, Lutron, Performance in Lighting
Gypsum Board: CertainTeed

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