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Adamsville Regional Health Center

Award: 2013 AIA Healthcare Design Award Recipient
Category A: Built, Less than $25 million (construction cost)

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ENTRANCE

Currently, there is a major effort underway to reduce the high rate of health disparities in metropolitan Atlanta. The Adamsville Regional Health Center aims to be a cornerstone of that effort.<BR /><BR />  

Location:  Atlanta, Georgia<BR />

Firm:  Stanley Beaman & Sears<BR />

Architect:  Betsy Beaman<BR />

LONGVIEW

The intention of the project is to promote holistic health and wellness by combining this range of services, all of which promote a healthy lifestyle, under one roof. Locating these in a single destination is a further benefit to the largely low-income clientele, given the area?s limited public transit service.<BR /><BR />  

Location:  Atlanta, Georgia<BR />

Firm:  Stanley Beaman & Sears<BR />

Architect:  Betsy Beaman<BR />

LOBBY

A decentralized double-height circulation lobby connects and unites the different programmatic elements and waiting areas.<BR /><BR />  

Location:  Atlanta, Georgia<BR />

Firm:  Stanley Beaman & Sears<BR />

Architect:  Betsy Beaman<BR />

DENTAL

The 34,000-square-foot facility offers primary care, public health, behavioral health, dental services, housing and employment assistance, an employment resource center, and daycare services for clients with children. <BR /><BR />  

Location:  Atlanta, Georgia<BR />

Firm:  Stanley Beaman & Sears<BR />

Architect:  Betsy Beaman<BR />

DAYCARE

Through the orientation of the building and distribution of glazing ample daylighting reaches both public and private zones.<BR /><BR />  

Location:  Atlanta, Georgia<BR />

Firm:  Stanley Beaman & Sears<BR />

Architect:  Betsy Beaman<BR />

Design Solution

Beyond just replacing an aging clinic building, the new Adamsville Regional Health Center represented a rare investment of public resources in a sparsely developed, sometimes overlooked section of Atlanta. It would have to serve not only as a medical facility, but also as a catalyst for cohesion and future growth in the neighborhood. The Center’s multiple functions and synergizing intention led the design team to consider the communal folk art of quilting, and its historical socially cohesive role in African-American communities like Adamsville. Thus the roof was conceived as a metaphoric blanket, a protective element opening upward in welcome. Inspiration also came from the constructed paintings of contemporary Atlanta artist Radcliffe Bailey, who pieces together found objects, archival photographs and historic imagery with jazz-like effects. These insights led the team to study how the exterior materials of the building could be designed to reflect the arbitrary yet unified patterns of quilting, and the improvisation and syncopated rhythms of jazz. Thus the randomized patterning devised for the exterior metal wall panels and punched windows were devised.

Jury Comments

A great solution for delivering community healthcare in an energy-conscious and efficient cost solution that is wonderfully scaled. The design solution is clean, open and inviting. The final result is simple and strong with clear way finding and easily maintained materials. . We applaud the way it meets the intent of the program, to bring health resources closer to the community.

This appears to be a wonderful neighborhood building. The porch presentation to the street housing the protected play area gives the building a delightful public disposition. The decentralized waiting also seems to be supportive of community. The calibration of the material and light strategy to the program is clever and makes for good scale and clear organization for users.

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© Jonathan Hillyer

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