Tower Expansion & Kitchen + Dining Renovation
Orange Park Medical Center serves 1800 meals a day to patients, visitors, and staff. As part of the $126 million dollar expansion project, the kitchen and dining areas were renovated to provide expanded cooking and serving space as well as upgraded dining areas for visitors to meet hospital capacity demands. Hospital stakeholders recognized the need for a special place for staff and families to relax and recharge with a healthy meal.
The new 18,200 SF space features indoor and outdoor dining, cafeteria and kitchen. Featuring expanded food selections with ample serving bars, patients now have a “you choose” style menu that promotes healthy eating choices offering gluten-free, diabetic and vegetarian options.
The Tower expansion is designed for patient services and will include 48 patient rooms for medical and surgical patients, bringing OPMC’s total bed count to 365.
Orange Park, FL
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Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit
The 17,500 SF Rehab project at Orange Park Medical Center continued our long history of projects at this facility. The design converted an existing medical office building on the hospital’s campus to a full inpatient rehabilitation unit for patients. The renovation included 20 new patient rooms, Dining and Day rooms, a gym and an ADL Suite. The public shared spaces promoted wellness, encouraging patients to get moving and interact with others outside their rooms. All the nursing support spaces were upgraded for staff benefit as well to provide ample space for storage and equipment. The additions to the building included new spaces for a mechanical room to hold the equipment required for an inpatient upgrade. The design of the addition allowed for an outdoor space to be created to connect inpatient activities, so patients could heal in a natural environment and relax outside.
Streamlining project delivery was a priority for this inpatient project. The contractor partner was on board for the project early in design to assist the team with mitigating complex details and assisting with a realistic phasing plan. The contractor was selected at the start and worked with the team all throughout the design process to ensure the project could be completed efficiently.
Emergency Department & Surgery Expansion
As OPMC discovered the need for additional space in their emergency department, TMP partnered with Orange Park to design a completely new ED, renovating the 14,000 SF existing space and completing a 14,000 SF addition to double the area for patients to receive emergency care. The expansion will provide a new 44 room Emergency Department that includes both an addition at the front of the hospital and the 14,000 SF renovation of the existing ED area.
From the entrance, a new canopy and ambulance vestibule elevates the experience. A new walk-in entrance and waiting room provides visitors with a welcoming and safe admitting process. The patient area now includes 44 exam rooms, two trauma rooms, new nurse stations, new CT, and expanded support areas. The forward-thinking design of the exam rooms provides the emergency department staff with the flexibility to transition some rooms to Psych hold rooms as needed.
The expansion also includes a new outpatient entrance and admitting area. The expansion scope was master-planned to structurally allow for horizontal and 4-floor vertical expansion in the future. As OPMC continues to expand services, the design can easily accommodate additional service lines.
Site work for the project included new handicap parking near the entrance canopy, additional parking near the helipad, and a new parking lot containing 173 parking spaces. To further the facility’s pursuit of Level 1 Trauma status, a new helipad was sized to accommodate larger helicopters from the local Naval Air Station and Coast Guard Station.
Orange Park Medical Center, originally constructed in 1974, has undergone numerous expansions over the years. The facility commissioned TMP to design a new entrance lobby, providing a new arrival point for the facility which has grown to almost 300 beds. The original main entrance was actually located under an existing patient tower with low visibility upon entering the campus. The biggest challenge was to give the facility a welcoming new face for both visitors and patients while remaining consistent with the facilities existing aesthetics. The new two story space provides an abundance of natural light through punched openings along a curved wall complimented by curtainwall at the two ends of the lobby. The use of terrazzo flooring and wood tones on the interior provide warmth to the space and create a welcoming environment for visitors.
Key aspects of the new facility include:
- New entrance drive and canopy.
- Two story Lobby Space.
- New chapel with a raised platform, a tile accent wall and stained glass windows.
- New public restrooms.
- Elevator lobby for future patient tower.