Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Family Health Center8701 Darrow Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Design Achievement – The design of the curtain wall-clad Twinsburg Family Health Center rises out of a park-like setting absorbing and reflecting the landscape and natural light. The result is an iconic structure that uses its natural surroundings to create dynamic views and connections to nature. To support its healing environment, the design provides inspirational views to a 30-acre nature conservancy with wildflowers and tall native grasses, and bordering orchard. In concert with the transparent exterior, the serene interior architecture gently introduces a new generation of room standards for Cleveland Clinic facilities. The medical clinics are designed with an "on-stage/off-stage" paradigm that separates public and staff/medical/service activities, a pattern which is used throughout the facility. The exam room standards developed for this project employ flexibility and adaptability allowing for change without significant expense. The project pairs environmentally sensitive, sustainable design with the needs of a world-class medical facility. Carefully contrasted in scale, materiality, program function, and code occupancy classification, the two rectangular volumes read as one harmonious care facility.
Scope Summary – Developed on an environmentally sensitive, 80-acre suburban site adjacent to Interstate 480, the siting of this first phase 190,000-SF building was informed by the topography and governed by the limits of disturbance to wetlands and natural rock outcroppings established by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency. At site entry, a landscaped roadway carved into a hill descends to a meadow which is flanked the main entrance and emergency entrance to the LEED Gold facility. The five-story family health center is classified as a business occupancy and contains medical clinics, a rehab gym, pharmacy, offices, a community room, and café. Ambulatory surgery, imaging, and the emergency department are located in the two-story masonry-clad ambulatory surgery center, which has an institutional occupancy, allowing for a future expansion into a second phase acute care hospital. DLR Group provided master planning, programming, and conceptual design services for the entire site as well as architecture, interior design, MEP engineering, structural engineering, IT / Telecomm, and LEED administration services for the first phase.