Mount Pleasant, SC

Completion: 2012

Size: 84,000 sf

The Medical University of South Carolina’s motto, “Changing What’s Possible” refers to their expert practitioners raising the bar every day in the healthcare industry. The latest built example of this mindset is the MUSC Health East Cooper integrated specialty clinic; a signature facility where patient experience is elevated to a new level. Consolidated physicians offices improve patient access and physician collaboration in a community centered building. Highlighting comfort, healing and ease of use, the building includes a concierge desk, public energy food restaurant and community meeting room. Local artwork and day-lighting are weaved throughout the building and a roof top garden is available for patients, visitors and staff.

As one of the first buildings designed for the Town of Mount Pleasant’s “Central Mount Pleasant” neighborhood, MUSC Health East Cooper starts the architectural conversation by blending function, form, tradition and technology. The building conceptually is formed by two primary blocks separated by a main “spine” acting as a threshold between patient support and clinical spaces. The patient block is defined by a two story, north facing atrium which is angled in relation to the main building mass to capture space for a roof top healing garden. The clinical block is defined by modular exam/procedure room blocks with medical staff support spaces moved to the building perimeter and away from patient flow and with the benefit of natural light. The use and placement of brick, metal and glass on the exterior further define the different internal functions while sharp and rigorous exterior detailing completes design concept.

Key planning principles for the facility include flexibility for inevitable change, strongly organized patient way-finding, sustainability and energy efficiency. Recycled and local materials were incorporated along with a high efficiency ice storage system. The building is on track for LEED Certification through the United States Green Building Council.