Krusinski Construction Company was contracted to build a 32,000-square-foot, two-story building to accommodate a Sherman Hospital Immediate Care facility on the first floor with offices for a law firm and other professional tenants on the second floor.
The wildly different tenant requirements imposed divergent criteria for heating, ventilating and cooling, structural engineering and building access. The immediate care facility, for example, is open 13 hours a day, while the professional offices are open primarily during traditional business hours.
The solution to the access issue was to create separate entrances with adjacent parking convenient to both lobbies. Second-floor tenants have key card entry after hours, while medical staff cannot enter after the facility is locked. The HVAC issues were solved with two separate, low-profile roof units, both controlled by a single computerized building automation system that allows for multiple temperature settings in different zones. On the structural side, the concern was supporting Sherman’s 10,000-pound CT scanner. Krusinski addressed the issue by pouring a 12-inch slab (five inches is normal) with steel reinforcement under the scanner room.
The new building successfully accommodates all tenants’ needs. The attractive brick veneer exterior with EIFS banding gives the dual-purpose structure a welcoming, non-institutional façade without sacrificing the professional appearance required for an office building.