McKim & Creed’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineers helped renovate the 3,750-SF space that is home to Avenu Health family practice clinic. The facility includes six exam rooms, an X-ray room, a procedure room, a teaching kitchen, a lab and a waiting room.
The MEP design team placed a great deal of attention on indoor comfort, ranging from thermally activated variable air volume (VAV) diffusers to a state-of-the-art lighting system. The improvements engineered by McKim & Creed make the space so comfortable and inviting that “we are hearing reactions from our clients that include: ‘I feel like I’m in a spa,’” says Dr. Aiken.
The facility, designed by McMillan Pazdan Smith Architects, also features locally reclaimed wood and is decorated with artwork from local artists. “It’s all geared toward our clients’ experience and connecting us with our community and the people we take care of,” according to Ben Aiken, MD, MSPH and a member of the Avenu Health team.
“A doctor visit can be stressful. Our goal was to help create a warm, welcoming environment with a local feel,” says James Rudd, PE, McKim & Creed Asheville regional manager. “Avenu Health is a great resource for our community and I’m excited to know that McKim & Creed is helping to shape the future of healthcare.”