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Mercy Clinic Primary Care and Emergency Department


ARCHITECT: REES

CONTRACTOR: Flintco, Inc.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Mel Willis


Mercy’s new Emergency Room and Primary Care Clinic provides much needed emergency services to the community of Edmond. This two-story outpatient facility and 24/7 emergency department includes a 25,000-square-foot clinic and 15,000 square feet of emergency care. The emergency department includes1 trauma room and 8 exam rooms with a full imaging department with CT, X-ray and ultrasound. The facility provides primary care, specialty services, wellness, outpatient surgery and emergency care all in one location.


Our designers strived to make the patient and staff experience as seamless as possible. The entrance to the clinic flows into a bright and welcoming admitting area with easy access to patient services. Large windows wrap around the perimeter of the space, allowing a connection to nature and creating an open and serene environment in waiting areas. Wide and open corridors are clearly marked for patients and employees. Simple floor pattern changes in the clinic spaces break up the long corridors, assisting in wayfinding for both patients and providers We implemented Mercy’s brand standards in beautiful ways throughout the building, showcasing the Mercy mission through color, symbols and art on the walls. Alternating soft accent colors enhance the visual experience for the patient.

OSU Center for Health Sciences Legacy Plaza

ARCHITECT: GH2 Architects
CONTRACTOR: Crossland Construction
PHOTOGRAPHY: Yellow Dog Design Works

The Anne & Henry Zarrow Foundation purchased the Legacy Plaza complex with the intent to provide a community-focused campus. This includes multiple floors for Oklahoma State University Center for Health Science (OSU CHS) for "a state-of-the-art environment, where OSU CHS physicians and researchers will work side-by-side to advance our understanding of brain diseases that impact the lives of Oklahomans." OSU CHS planned for 11 different departments to consolidate within the 40,000 square feet with dedicated spaces for offices, conference rooms with operable partitions, reception and waiting areas, observation rooms, vitals rooms, exam rooms, sample collection and lab space.

McAlester Regional Health Center Emergency Department Replacement


ARCHITECT: HFG Architecture

CONTRACTOR: Manhattan Construction

PHOTOGRAPHY: Brandon Snider Photography


This 18,300 square foot emergency department replacement project for McAlester Regional Health Center was designed using Lean Design principles to identify the best layout for patients and employees and optimize operational efficiencies. Immersive virtual reality also helped to identify potential opportunities early on and enabled HFG to successfully realize MRHC’s dreams for its new facility. Organized with an efficient front-of-house / back-of-house design to allow for separate patient and staff flows, this state-of-the-art facility features 14 treatment rooms, four Level III trauma rooms, and other required support spaces. Trauma rooms are divided by operable sliding doors that can accommodate an additional third patient during mass trauma situations. Six trauma patients can be cared for simultaneously. The expanded facility will also complement a decentralized and scalable nurse staffing model for maximum flexibility. Finally, by juxtaposing natural limestone columns with canopies manufactured from composite materials throughout the exterior, McAlester’s ED replacement achieves eye-catching aesthetics.

Advanced Orthopedics of Oklahoma Clinic Renovation


ARCHITECT: HFG Architecture

CONTRACTOR: HighGate General Construction

PHOTOGRAPHY: Brandon Snider Photography


This 65,000 square foot clinic occupies the 2nd floor of a uniquely shaped, triangular high rise building and is connected to the parking garage with a dedicated entry on the 2nd floor. The clinic features 90 exam rooms, six X-ray rooms, a brace shop, a cast room with 10 stations, and 12 check-in stations. The space also includes physical therapy and performance training, a retail pharmacy, café, medical records, financial counseling, EMG, worker’s comp, conference rooms, and a waiting/common area. In order to create a state-of-the-art clinic space, our firm incorporated eye-catching aesthetics and wayfinding. The clinic space is compartmentalized into various specialty “pods” for different types of physical therapy. Wayfinding played a crucial role in delineating these separate spaces. By varying ceiling heights, strategically placing signage, utilizing color-coded interior finishes, and incorporating technology, our designers worked to make navigation intuitive throughout the 2nd floor clinic. The clinic design also maximizes the long-term functionality of the space. We worked to eliminate raised transitions between floor materials in order to reduce fall risks. Finishes were also chosen to withstand hospital-grade cleaning materials, high levels of traffic, and accidental impacts from wheelchairs and other mobility assistance devices.