UMMS Orthopedic Center Expansion Update – Phase Two is Underway

Posted on - December 3, 2020

Fisher Architecture has been working with University of Maryland Medical System since 2018 on the expansion of their Orthopedic Center at 520 Idlewild Drive in Easton, Maryland. Phase two is currently underway with the beginning of shell construction on the facility’s two-story addition.

“We worked closely with the client to develop a phasing plan that would allow the current tenant in the one-story portion of the building to transition (prior to renovations) to their existing space,” said Tim Bain, Fisher Architecture project manager. 

The building ‘shell’ phase of the project included the coordination of an elevator lobby, egress stairs, and core utilities like water, sprinklers, tele/data, electrical, mechanical, and elevator machine rooms. 

The new construction will have a hipped and a-frame metal roof where each side slopes downwards toward the walls and functional louvers designed to provide additional ventilation.  The addition design merges with the standing structure through its brick detailing and a similar exterior insulation and finish system. 

“We coordinated the existing construction with the new which required our engineers to collaborate with the contractors and owners to formulate a plan to assure the least invasive approach for structural and mechanical design could be implemented,” said Keith Fisher, Fisher Architecture principal.    

“The interior design focused on a layout that allowed for the most optimum flow and met necessary HIPAA and safety requirements,” said Sarah Finch, interior designer for Fisher Architecture.  “The occupational therapy area required a patient lift attached to a ceiling grid that needed to function in open space. Other interior factors included exam rooms, x-rays, private offices, and nurses’ stations, as well as, waiting and reception areas, a breakroom, and other back of house requirements.” 

The Fisher Architecture team is looking forward to the project completion in 2021.