A Landmark Building
A strong form and custom-colored ribbed
metal panels help pediatric office stand out from the
The bright red ribbed metal panels help the Harvey
Pediatric Clinic stand out both in its home of Rogers, Ark.,
and in the mind of our Design Award judges, who liked the use of
color. One of the judges stated that the project feels very
contemporary and inventive, and appropriate for a pediatric clinic.
Another judge said he appreciated the project's use of the
dichotomy between the horizontal building and the vertical metal
striations, noting that the project is playful, fun and seems to be
a good use of the form and the material together.
This is exactly what the owner, Dr. Bryan Harvey, had
in mind when he approached Marlon
Blackwell Architects, Fayetteville, Ark., to design his new
medical office. Justin Hershberger, AIA, project manager at Marlon
Blackwell Architects, says Harvey wanted a landmark building that
would create a strong presence for his practice in a nondescript
With its strong form and bold colors, the new Harvey
Pediatric Clinic seeks to rise above the everyday structures,
establishing a new visual landmark along Rogers' main commercial
corridor. When designing the building, Hershberger says they
started by thinking about the previously rural landscape that was
dotted with the silhouettes of singular buildings such as barns,
sheds, silos, etc. "We wanted to harken back to those objects and
create a singular presence in what has now become a very suburban,
and ultimately, banal landscape with a lot of very beige buildings
that have a lot of materials," Hershberger explains. "So as a
counter to that we used a very singular figure with singular
The new facility creates an easily recognizable
identity for the practice, and acts essentially as a billboard for
everybody who passes by that area. "Dr. Harvey is a pediatrician,
so the kids really recognize the strong form and the strong use of
color," Hershberger says. "They can identify his building as a
place of healing and wellness."
A Strong Form
In an effort to streamline the doctor's operations,
the designers began by looking at not only his program and what he
needed within the facility, but also how his staff and patients
could interact more efficiently. "As we started developing, we came
pretty quickly to this idea of a long building, where staff would
enter on one side and the patients would enter on the other, and
meet in the middle in the exam rooms," Hershberger explains.
Once they settled on a long form, the designers went
through several iterations of the elevation and the formal strategy
of playing with the idea of a singular figure. Since Harvey wanted
some tenant spaces incorporated into the massing of the building,
Hershberger says they put those on the first level, wrapped in
glass. This allowed the designers to elevate Harvey's practice,
which is on the second level, while reinforcing the figure.
"As the design focused on creating an abstract
figure, we wanted the material to read as a skin, instead of using
it to reinforce the horizontality of the form," Hershberger notes.
"When used vertically, the panels have that reading-it creates a
surface rather than a striation."
A Subtle Contrast
To reinforce the building design, the south façade is
wrapped in a box rib metal in a custom Cayenne color, which also
shows up on the south side of the fins located on the east side of
the building. The north elevation features weathered zinc panels in
the same box rib profile, while a flat panel wraps up the back of
the building and is used as the soffit, creating a subtle contrast
to the texture of the north and south elevations.
The project used a total of 12,518 square feet of
Bristol, Conn.-based Morin Corp.'s box rib metal wall panels,
supplied by J.D. Day & Co., Blue Springs, Mo. The
20-gauge, roll-formed steel panels have 90-degree vertical box ribs
at 4 inches on-center with 1 1/2-inch rib heights. Finished in a
custom Cayenne PVDF Kynar 500 finish, the panels were installed
vertically with concealed fasteners. Additionally, J.D. Day
supplied Morin's 20-gauge, roll-formed steel flat seam panels with
an 8-inch exposure and 1 1/2-inch rib height with a PVDF Kynar 500
finish in Weathered Zinc, which were installed vertically with
"The color helps reinforce the idea of the
billboard," Hershberger says, "and the identity and the silhouette
of the project as a whole." And, the custom Cayenne has a mica
coating, which gives it a little bit of sparkle. "Throughout the
day, the sun really plays great across the broad surface," he adds.
"It really changes the color from morning to midday to afternoon,
and the ribbing of that helps reinforce that."
The building also features several skylights. A blue
glass skylight washes over a concealed staircase on the east side
of the building, providing what Hershberger notes is a threshold
from the outside environment, as patients make their way up to the
Additionally, a thin skylight stretches the length of
the building along the solid south facade, bringing light and a
connection to the outside into the middle of the building.
According to Hershberger, Harvey wanted to be able to connect
people with the outside. "It's really about providing these moments
to bring light deep into the building," he adds.
Kawneer Co. Inc., Norcross, Ga., supplied the
skylight frames, which are custom colored to match the weathered
zinc. The glass is from Vitro Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass),
Glass Construction Corp., Little Rock, Ark., was the local
subcontractor for the skylights.
Harvey Pediatric Clinic, Rogers, Ark.
Total square footage: 15,493 square feet
Owner: Dr. Bryan
Harvey, Pediatric Workplaces LLC
Blackwell Architects, Fayetteville, Ark., www.marlonblackwell.com
installer: SSI Inc., Fort Smith, Ark., ssigc.com
Glazing contractor: ACE
Glass Construction Corp., Little Rock, Ark., www.aceglass.net
representative: J.D. Day & Co., Blue Springs,
Metal wall panels: Morin
Corp., a Kingspan Group company, Bristol, Conn., www.morincorp.com
Skylights: Kawneer Co.
Inc., Norcross, Ga., www.kawneer.com
Skylight glazing: Vitro
Architectural Glass (formerly PPG Glass), Pittsburgh, www.vitroglazings.com
Photos: Tim Hursley