McGee Eye Institute|
116 E. Sheridan, #100, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Date Bid: Dec 2006 Construction Period: Dec 2006 to Feb
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
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.
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iconic expansion of the outdated, overcrowded facility that housed the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.
Exterior Sheathing: Georgia Pacific Masonry: Cloud
EIFS: Dryvit Metal Panels: Alcoa Architectural Products
Built-Up Roofing: Atlas Modified Bitumen Membranes:
Metal Panel Roofing: Berridge Manufacturing Curtain Wall:
Hardware: Corbin Russwin, Von Duprin Wood Doors:
Metal Framing: Dietrich Insulation: Johns Manville
Ceiling Grid: USG Ceiling Tile: Armstrong Epoxy
Carpet: Patcraft, Shaw, Durkan Resilient Flooring:
Elevators: Otis Lighting: Lithonia, Spectrum, Linear, Bega,
Sistemalux, Elliptipar, Hydrel, Lutron, Performance in Lighting