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Stormont-Vail HealthCare Ear Nose & Throat Center, Topeka, KS

Project Innovations 2008


Submitting Company:
HMN Architects Inc., Overland Park, KS

Project Team: (not all-inclusive)
Stormont-Vail HealthCare Ear Nose & Throat Center, owner; HMN Architects Inc., architect, designer, and planner; McElroy's Inc., mechanical/plumbing consultant; DL Smith Electric, electrical consultant; Finney & Turnipseed PA, structural consultant; Bartlett & West Engineers Inc., civil consultant; Ferrell Construction of Topeka Inc., general contractor

Project Specifics:
Building type/use: medical office building/surgical unit
Square footage: 24,073 square feet
Project cost: $4.7 million
Project completion: December 2007

Product Suppliers: (not all-inclusive)
A&L Shielding Inc. | Arc-Com Fabrics | Armstrong | Atlas Concorde | Autodesk Inc. | Besam | Blue Ridge Commercial Carpet | Carnegie | Constantine Commercial LLC | Crossville Inc. | CURRIES | Designtex | Duro-Last Roofing Inc. | EFCO Corp. | Galaxy Glass & Aluminum Inc. | Johnson Controls Inc. | KnollTextiles | KONE | LBL Lighting | Lithonia Lighting | Maharam | MechoShade Systems Inc. | Patty Madden Inc. | Sherwin-Williams Co. | TOLI Intl. | Versa Wallcovering


To consolidate services of Stormont-Vail HealthCare and Topeka Ear Nose & Throat, a new medical office building and state-of-the-art surgical center was constructed to unite the practices into one convenient location. Now, patients not only have access to some of the most advanced technology available in the region, but they're also provided with a complete health experience that includes diagnosis of, treatment for, and solutions to hearing and speech disorders.

Special Design Elements
A noticeable design feature is the 2-story curtainwall space that encompasses the children's waiting area. Playful soffits are hung at an angle, with a baton light chandelier suspended in the middle of the space. From the carpet to the wallcoverings and furniture, various earth tones give the building a modern and relaxed ambience. The floorplan is another unique design feature. It clearly defines the three main public elements of the building: the entry and lobby areas, the surgery area, and the physician practice area.

Design/Construction Challenges
Challenges encountered during the design and construction of this project included the limited plot of land, flexibility of the design, and the project schedule. The project team was able to overcome the challenges through creative use of space, modification of design plans, and fast-paced work schedules.

















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