Cranshaw Construction GC
Woburn, MA – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) recently completed the design and renovation of a Woburn. office building for National Development. MPA designed the base building upgrade to the 80,000sf building at 200 Unicorn Park Drive to accommodate medical offices. Additionally, MPA provided interior architecture and healthcare design services for Winchester Hospital Outpatient Center, which occupies half of the facility.
National Development selected MPA to first retrofit the existing office building into a patient-focused medical office building. The four-story building received upgrades to the lobby, common, and tenant areas, including new finishes, lighting, and electrical service. New mechanical systems were specifically designed for medical use, and a stretcher-size elevator was installed. The ground floor offers an entrance with sliding doors for easy access, a lobby food kiosk, and a lobby concierge station to direct visitors, a central registration area and an outpatient lab.
Once the building upgrade was completed, MPA designed a 38,000sf tenant fit-out for the Winchester Hospital Outpatient Center. MPA was selected to design patient and clinical areas for the project, incorporating Lean design strategies to outline complex patient flows and develop a solution minimizing travel and patient wait times. MPA utilized the Lean design methodology of DMADV (Define, Measure, Analyze, Design and Verify) to understand Winchester Hospital’s former processes and to develop future solutions. MPA also incorporated evidence-based design strategies by using existing treatment rooms as mock-up spaces to test design solutions. This process helped the clinical staff envision the finished project in lieu of viewing plans.
Included in the new outpatient center are Winchester Hospital breast care center; the center for healthy living; imaging services including MRI, CT, ultrasound, X-ray, and fluoroscopy and lab, and patient collection site.
For the Breast Care Center, MPA was tasked with designing a comfortable and attractive space while maintaining high patient satisfaction ratings. MPA’s collaborative design approach incorporated input from 15 stakeholders comprised of doctors, nurses, administrators, and facilities staff representing the Center’s varied services. The center provides comprehensive multidisciplinary breast health care delivery, integrating education, prevention, risk identification, diagnosis, treatment and emotional support.
For The Center for Healthy Living, MPA designed the three main service areas for the lactation center boutique, integrative therapies, and disease management along with the check-in and registration area.
Cranshaw Construction was the general contractor. AHA Consulting Engineers provided mechanical and electrical consulting services, and Goldstein-Milano provided structural engineering services. Acentech provided acoustical and noise and vibration consulting services for the project.
“MPA’s healthcare design expertise really informed this project, ensuring that the design of patient and clinical areas would meet our goals for the new space,” said Robby Robertson, vice president of facilities and real estate at Winchester Hospital. “Winchester Hospital’s move to Unicorn Park provides a convenient location that enables us to continue to bring high quality care at a value to all the communities we serve.”
“As our firm explored the possibility of converting this building from an older office building into a state-of-the-art medical office facility, we knew that having the right design team on board from the beginning would be critical to our success,” said Andrew Gallinaro, director of National Development. “MPA was a first-class partner in this regard, and their designers delivered on the vision we had for this project.”