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2019 Commercial Design Awards: You've got personality!

Winning commercial building designs reflect the personality of their tenants.

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Wisconsin Institute of Urology

Best New Development or Renovation–Health Care

Wanting to bring together an independent urology group previously practicing from multiple locations, the Wisconsin Institute of Urology needed a new facility to serve as a clinic and ambulatory surgery center, and designers produced a modern facility with a strong presence in the Neenah community. Notes one CDA judge: “For health care, it really punches above its weight.”

The new 35,000-square-foot facility packs a punch with a striking exterior design and easily identifiable branding. Wayfinding is straightforward, and the entrance is easily navigable with wood accents that create a warm and approachable feeling. Natural elements, such as organic patterns, wood, stone, and backlit art evoke a “respite in the woods” atmosphere while high-end finishes create a hospitality feel that is comforting for patients dealing with sensitive health issues.

One judge was taken by the view of the building upon entering, citing the use of striking canopies. “It’s a building that appears to reach out to the surrounding community, literally with open arms, with these open-entry canopies,” he remarked. “I appreciated the quality and detailing they brought to the front of the building. So often, we dread going into health-care environments because they are so sterile and institutional, and this seems to be a building that allows you to feel comfortable and welcomed.”

Employee health and wellness also is factored into the design, with walking paths and lush landscaping to provide areas for respite. Daylight and views to nature are maximized through large expanses of glass, and central staff areas that lack windows are brightened with skylights.

One judge praised the interior moves that brought warmth and openness to the patient experience, particularly the walls of glass that remove any institutional feel. “When we talk about what architecture can do for a community, this is a building that looks like it would substantially contribute by expressing a sense of openness and interest in the well-being of people.

Project credits

Location: 1265 W. American Drive, Suite 100, Neenah WI 54956
Owner/Developer: Wisconsin Institute of Urology
General Contractor: Miron Construction
Architect/Interior Design Architect: Eppstein Uhen Architects
Engineers: GRAEF; Pierce Engineers (structural); McMahon Associates (civil/site)
Photography: C&N Photography LLC
Completion Date: April 2018


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