Gastrointestinal Associates Medical Office Building

Building Area: 51,050 s.f.

Date of Completion: Winter 2016

Type: New Construction

Location: Knoxville, TN

Budget: $9,277,118

Gastrointestinal Associates (GIA), in association with local developer Realty Trust Group, sought to develop a stand-alone, three-story medical office building for themselves within an existing medical office park. BarberMcMurry designed an energy-efficient structure utilizing best practice sustainable design features that also maximize the building’s efficiency.

Using an extensive array of ninety-four 290-watt solar panels, GIA offsets a significant portion of its energy consumption. Along with a dynamic framing strategy to minimize heat transfer through the building’s exterior envelope and the use of continuous insulation, this building performs better than the vast majority of similarly sized medical office buildings. Building materials are regional, located within 500 miles of the site, to minimize the energy and carbon expended for delivery. Materials also contain high recycled content and/or are low-emitting and low-VOC — which diverts waste from landfills and improves indoor air quality, leading to a more healthful medical facility. Interior spaces are built around windows to allow in natural daylight for illumination.

The first floor contains the public building lobby, weight management, and IBS treatment areas. Within the IBS suite, a 10-bay infusion area is located adjacent to a sedate healing garden to allow for soothing views and access to natural light. The second floor houses the outpatient endoscopy floor with 6 procedure rooms and 18 prep & recovery alcoves.  The endoscopy suite also provides a dedicated patient discharge exit on the second floor, complete with a covered valet exit for added patient comfort and privacy. The third floor contains the exam, doctors’ offices, and administrative functions. A large waiting room has floor-to-ceiling glass to create a hospitable atmosphere, allowing views and natural light to bathe the space in warmth. 24 exam rooms organized in pods are located immediately adjacent to 14 doctors’ offices and medical support functions to maximize patient comfort, flow, and efficiency.

"The designers have taken what is often a standard building type and elevated it through thoughtful material and formal compositions." - 2018 AIA Jury