Eastern Hill Pediatrics
Eastern Hills Pediatric Service (EHPS), the oldest medical practice on the east side of Cincinnati, in need of a fresher look and more clinic space to accommodate their growing practice, chose a previously unoccupied space in a new medical office building on the campus of Mercy Anderson Hospital.
The EHPS partners, intent on avoiding an institutional, “doctor's office” look, wanted their new space to be light and cheerful, and welcoming to their patient families, and to be a comfortable and refreshing work environment for their staff. To that end, the Brashear Bolton design team maximized daylight in, and views from, the reception area and waiting rooms, and from the staff work stations, which occupy the daylight perimeter of the large, open, in-office medical lab space. Bright colors and playful wall decals in all patient areas including waiting rooms, corridors, and exam rooms were combined with a creative lighting scheme to make the patient experience as pleasant as possible. Renewable and recycled materials such as bamboo paneling and rubber flooring made from automobile tires were utilized as elements of sustainable design.
In conjunction with its 175th anniversary, The Mercantile Library undertook a major renovation of its reading room which has been in service for 100 years. Brashear Bolton was selected as the architect.
The program was to incorporate functional features to accommodate the library's growing book and art collection and its expanding program of lectures, presentations, and concerts. The challenge was to provide these features and freshen the look of the reading room without changing its character and ambiance.
Key features are The Niehoff Center for Elizabeth Nourse, a space for the Library's collection of the works of the Cincinnati artist, the exposed steel south stacks that echo the original stacks at the north end of the space, and the new presentation area in the southwest corner of the reading room.
The design team, Brashear Bolton Architects, Lee Grosser Associates (Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineers), Advantage Group Engineers (Structural Engineers), and Sound Advice (Audio-Visual Consultants), worked hand-in-hand with HGC Construction, a general contractor highly experienced and qualified in renovations of historic structures, to meet the challenge.
A two-phase renovation of Teri Studios, the photography studio of Teri Campbell, who specializes in the imaging of food and beverages, was completed in 2005. The first phase included a fully equipped commercial kitchen, lounge areas, client and employee offices, and roof modification to accommodate the need for high studio space. The second phase was an expansion into the warehouse portion of the existing building. The high, open, warehouse space already had the industrial feel the owner desired for the new offices and client spaces. Large industrial windows were added, and interior office dividing walls were framed with industrial steel and translucent panels. Client spaces include an exercise room, a full bathroom, a game and television room, and a presentation theater.
Brashear Bolton was retained by the City of Cincinnati to design the new headquarters for the Division of Facilities Management. The headquarters, constructed within a 1940s masonry, industrial storage building, is comprised of offices, a conference room, a library, parts and material storage, vehicle storage, and mechanical and carpentry shops. Designing an efficient, easily maintained facility and taking advantage of the building's large spaces and natural light were principal goals of the client. A new contemporary industrial facade was constructed for the entrance, and skylights, translucent ceiling tiles, and glass block walls were employed to optimize natural lighting.
ACB American, Inc
ACB American, Inc., a local collection agency in need of more office space to accommodate a growing staff, chose a large retail space to accommodate their space needs and Brashear Bolton to design the conversion.
The design goal was to develop the new space in a creative, yet economical, way. To achieve that goal, Brashear Bolton chose to use common, inexpensive materials in unusual ways. Translucent corrugated acrylic was chosen as an interior wall cladding to allow private interior offices to borrow daylight from the open office areas. Custom cabinetry was constructed of particle board used, not as substrate, but as a finish material. Wood slats were used to screen the view of the parking lot from the lobby and were applied over interior windows to create discreet observation of the open office areas from the executive offices.
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