- Organization: Bowers Orthodontic Specialists
- Type of Organization: Dental Healthcare
- Location: 2810 E. Empire St. Suite A, Bloomington, IL 61704
- Type of Project: Commercial Renovation
When Bowers selected a former church as their new location, we were excited about the unique challenge to renovate the exterior and the interior to deemphasize the typical elements of a church sanctuary. The building provided a unique opportunity with ample light and ceiling height, which allowed for a uniquely modern aesthetic that was bright, welcoming, and artistic. Instead of low drop ceilings with harsh lighting, the open space allowed us to create unique angles and reduce the stereotypical feel that can sometimes accompany healthcare. To do this, brick columns and a metal pergola were added to the exterior, redefining the church sanctuary angles on the outside. Inside, the lofted the ceiling provided a natural area to centralize equipment and hide ductwork while absorbing sound. Modern lighting and frosted dividers allowed the space to feel open, yet provided privacy to patients. And the unique sitting rail around the room is the perfect spot for waiting parents and loved ones during procedures.
Brick columns and a metal pergola were added to the exterior on two sides of the building, breaking up the otherwise obvious church sanctuary design on the outside. This also allowed for a gravel walkway to easily take care of landscaping without getting muddy, and a pathway for enjoying the garden around it.
In the center of what was a church sanctuary is the ideal spot for a multi-purpose area that centralizes equipment, hides ductwork and electricity, and visually ties the space together. On the other side are two exam spaces which allow for a larger X-ray machine due to the high ceiling. There is also a dual sink area for patients.
For those moments when a patient prefers their parent or loved one to be nearby rather than sitting in the waiting area, the chair rail provides the perfect element for proximity, especially for sensitive or short appointments.