The Korte Company, along with its joint-venture partner, MACNAK, was awarded the dental clinic project at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Prior to construction of the 18,629 square foot facility, this project required the demolition of nine (9) 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 USGBC-Certified LEED Silver.
In keeping with the evidence-based design goals, the MACNAK- Korte Team developed a focal entry element to assist in way finding, directing patients to the primary entry of the building. To emphasize this, elements that define the entry, lobby and waiting 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 both 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, and approach that minimizes risks and improves outcome as stated by the Joint Commission and the Environment of Care. The design creates physical conditions that are safe for both patients and staff. Work spaces were designed to provide the necessary tools for aiding staff in performing tasks and minimizing risk. The overall concept promotes care and well-being of the occupants and enhances the level of quality and service.