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Optim Orthopedic Center of Excellence - Statesboro, Georgia

Stegenga + PARTNERS

Posted: January 9, 2024 | Projects

The Optim Orthopedics Center of Excellence presents a new standard of leading-edge, patient-centered, orthopedic care in Statesboro, Georgia. The design of the facility seamlessly blends innovative, patient-centric spaces and advanced medical technology to create a holistic healing environment. By focusing on functionality, sustainability, and flexibility, this state-of-the-art orthopedic center sets a new standard in healthcare design. 

Photograph courtesy of Jeremy Wilbur

Stegenga + PARTNERS worked methodically with the client to understand the needs of the medical professionals and the expectations of the patients. By collaborating closely with orthopedic specialists and physical therapists, they applied invaluable insights into the client’s workflows, desired patient experiences, and technical requirements. The aligned vision was to create a functional space, fostering a healing environment for patients and a conducive workspace for medical staff. 

A key to the success of the Center is the streamlined patient experience and efficient workflow. The Orthopedic Center is divided into zones that cater to different stages of patient care: the MRI, Physical Therapy (PT), and Clinic suites. The MRI Suite offers privacy and convenience to patients undergoing imaging procedures. The PT Suite boasts a dynamic space that caters to various physical therapy modalities while promoting a sense of community and support. The Clinic Suite embodies Optim’s commitment to a patient-centric design. The exam modules are designed to facilitate smooth patient flow, ensure acoustical and visual privacy, and provide therapeutic efficiency during consultations and procedures. 

The facility’s interior layout optimizes patient flow, ensuring easy navigation for both patients and medical staff. Bright, open spaces, high ceilings, and strategically placed artwork create an mindset for patients on their road to recovery. The digital imaging suite is equipped with the latest MRI and x-ray scan technology, giving the Care Team access to the highest quality medical imaging. 

Patient comfort and well-being are the driving forces behind the design elements in the Orthopedic Center. The welcoming reception areas are designed to put patients at ease, with warm tones, soothing lighting, and comfortable seating. Waiting areas are strategically placed near windows, offering vistas of the outdoors to create a calming atmosphere. The exam rooms are spacious, with carefully curated interiors, providing privacy and a sense of hospitality during visits. 

The facility is also designed to support a new second floor ambulatory surgery center (ASC). The building structure is prepared for the additional loads, and the current roof is the actual second-floor slab. There is nothing on the existing roof — no mechanical equipment to remove or relocate — so construction on the new ASC can begin at any time. The first floor occupants are protected from above, and no lost days will be needed in the clinic during construction. 

The building mechanical system is a complete VRF system. VRF stands for variable refrigerant flow, which goes a surprisingly long way toward describing how this system uses refrigerant for both air conditioning and heating. In short, VRF is a ductless, large-scale system for HVAC that performs at a high capacity. Unlike traditional split AC rooftop equipment, VRF allows multiple indoor units to run on the same system, providing flexibility in heating and cooling simultaneously. 

Ground-level service gardens keep the mechanical units off the building roof. The future emergency generator will also be protected in the service garden for use during power outages or natural disasters. One physician noted that “this is the quietest building I’ve ever been in” on account of the eliminated mechanical equipment noise and the sound attenuation in the walls. 

The Orthopedic Center provides the best-in-class fusion of innovation, functionality, and compassion. The design process revolved around a profound understanding of the varied needs of patients and healthcare professionals. By crafting a clinic that fosters positive healing, nurtures patient well-being, and harnesses advanced technologies, Optim Orthopedics is setting a new benchmark in orthopedic care. 

The final results amplify their mission to deliver exceptional design ideas and solutions through the creative blending of human need, expertise, value creation, and environmental stewardship to the communities Optim serves.

Stegenga + PARTNERS
960 North Point Parkway, Alpharetta, GA 30005

Structural Engineer
Stability Engineering, Inc.
1376 Church Street, #200,
Decatur, GA 30030

Electrical & Mechanical Engineer
Shepherd Harvey & Associates
4855 River Green Parkway, #400
Duluth, GA 30096

General Contractor
BAK Builders, LLC
450 Mathews Road
Statesboro, GA 30458

Landscape Architect
Baker Land & Design
3471 Donaville Street
Duluth, GA 30096

Location: Statesboro, Georgia
Construction Period: Jun 2022 to Jul 2023
Site +/- 4.23 acres.
Total Square Feet: 22,283.
Building Sizes: First floor, 22,283; total, 22,283 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16'; total, 16'.
Number of Buildings: One.
Basic Construction Type: New/Ambulatory Health Care.
Foundation: Cast-in-place.
Exterior Walls: Brick. Roof: Membrane, metal.
Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the January/February 2024 issue of DCD