The Korte Company, along with its joint-venture partner, MACNAK, was awarded the dental clinic project at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
Prior to the construction of the 18,629-square-foot facility, this project required the demolition of nine buildings which were each 2,500 square feet. Additionally, there were substantial site improvements within the scope of work. The facility was delivered on time in 2014 and was awarded U.S. Green Building Council LEED Silver certification.
In keeping with the evidence-based design goals, the MACNAK- Korte Team developed a focal entry element to assist in wayfinding, directing patients to the primary entry of the building. To emphasize this, elements that define the entry, lobby and waiting areas were pulled up through the primary facility roof and capped with a separate standing seam roof. An integral canopy into the façade provides weather protection and solace for patients arriving or leaving the site.
Secondary entry points were established for staff and ambulance access. These entries repeat upon the language established at the main entry in a smaller scale. This design allows for the secondary entries to be identifiable and subordinate as it relates to the overall mass of the building. These canopy forms serve to break up the mass of the clinic by providing visual interest to the simple building form.
The overall design emphasizes an environment focused on patient and staff safety, an approach that minimizes risks and improves outcomes as stated by the Joint Commission and the Environment of Care. The design creates physical conditions that are safe for patients and staff. Workspaces were designed to provide the necessary tools for aiding staff in performing tasks and minimizing risk. The overall concept promotes the well-being of the occupants and enhances the level of quality and service.