DC25: A Snapshot of People-First Healthcare Spaces

We've served many healthcare clients over the last 25 years.

We love what we do — designing people-first places for our clients that bring their dreams to life. We've served many healthcare clients over the last 25 years. We’d like to share some highlights from the many projects we’ve been a part of since 1992.



Associated Family Medical Consultants

Designed for a multiple family physician practice, the Associated Family project was one of the Design Collaborative’s first medical offices. Patient flow and medical staff flexibility were key drivers for the layout concept. The exterior and interior were designed to give this family practice facility a non-institutional feel, with generous daylighting access for the common areas of the building. This project really helped define our entry into the healthcare market.



Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron

Located in Port Huron, Michigan, the doctors of Orthopedic Associates provide treatment for orthopedic injuries and conditions involving the ankle, back, elbow, foot, hand, hip, joint reconstruction, knee, neck, shoulder, spine, and wrist. The physicians and care-givers specialize in non-operative care, pain management, and sports medicine.  This facility also features orthopedic surgery suites, and is Design Collaborative’s first outpatient surgery center.



Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology

This three story, 48,000-sf facility houses the north office of Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology. The office features 23 infusion therapy chairs, examination and procedure rooms, a pharmacy, and laboratory. When it was built, this facility completed Parkview’s Comprehensive Cancer Center. The glass walkway and building addition gave an inviting appearance to what was a more sterile building. This was the first of many successful project we’ve worked on with Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology.



Van Wert County Hospital Emergency Department

This 15,670-sf addition provides 11 new private treatment rooms, triage space, decontamination area, separate walk-in and ambulance entrances, and staff support areas. The 11 treatment rooms include one trauma room and 10 same-handed private exam rooms. “Same-handed” means all exam rooms are set up the same way throughout, for example, the patient bed is always on the right. This consistency allows for greater staff efficiency. The floor plan for the new emergency department was designed to improve staff efficiencies and patient care. The addition’s layout accommodated a future second story addition to the emergency department for future growth. This was one of our first significant projects specifically in a hospital.



Parkview Randallia Campus Plaza and Entry

In the midst of rapid expansion, Parkview Health initiated the Randallia Campus Plaza and Entry project as part of their commitment to the existing hospital and its surrounding community. The project’s primary goal was to create an enhanced and upgraded front door for the Hospital to better reflect its core values. Steel and glass were used to create a new canopy, vestibule, and park space. These were simple in form, but improved visibility and wayfinding, and added more space for patient drop-off. The new entrance is a glowing symbol of Parkview’s commitment to the surrounding neighborhood through the revitalization of the Randallia campus.
In addition to the physical building addition, the entry project included several site improvements to add park space for hospital patrons and the surrounding community while increasing visibility of the main entrance from nearby busy streets. Our work on this project strengthened not only our portfolio, but our relationship with one of the largest employers in our region.