Margulies Perruzzi Architects Completes Winchester Hospital Outpatient Center

BOSTON, Mass. — Margulies Perruzzi Architects announced that it recently completed the design and renovation of a Woburn, Mass. office building for National Development. MPA designed the base building upgrade to the 80,000-square-foot 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 38,000-square-foot 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 the following departments and services:

  • Winchester Hospital Breast Care Center
  • The Center for Healthy Living
  • Imaging services including MRI, CT, ultrasound, X-ray and fluoroscopy
  • 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 healthcare delivery, integrating education, prevention, risk identification, diagnosis, treatment and emotional support. The new space also features state-of-the-art technology and a full range of expertise in imaging, diagnostic and therapeutic services. 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.

Photos courtesy of Warren Patterson Photography.

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Posted December 3, 2013

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