Developed by CRG, the Mercy Virtual Care Center is the beginning of a transformational approach to health care with 125,000-square-feet of highly flexible space that supports enhanced delivery systems that operate around the clock while incorporating telemedicine, care management, data and the business infrastructure to support and advance virtual care to both to patients. This development is first building of the 40-acre integrated Mercy Campus that reunites and facilitates learning, ministry, telemedicine, and clinical care.
The Virtual Care Center was carefully positioned to save existing trees that provide natural shading to the building’s south and west exposures. The building engages the site at the ground plane in a weightless manner and allows nature’s wonder and its daylight to visually enter the building so a symbiosis between man and nature will occur.
Rectangular 30,000-square-foot floor plates are designed to optimize flexibility and accommodate changing programs and future developments in technology. Each floor is strongly expressed as horizontal bands that represent the stability and strength of Mercy’s platform. Floor-to-ceiling glass spans between each horizontal band and represents the transparency of the Mercy mission to provide access to quality health care.
On each floor the glass strategically undulates to create entry locations and balconies on upper floors. These curved forms represent the flexibility of Mercy’s evolving response to the future of health care services. The balconies also allow the building occupants to easily step outside from their indoor workplace to refresh and to feel the impact of nature on their spirit, emotions, creativity and productivity.
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