Heron's Medical Center
alexandria, virginia

Explanation of Project including scope:

The owners thought the existing reception, bathroom and offices of a medical center specializing in cosmetic surgery was outdated and no longer served the purpose of effectively communicating the image of the company to clients who walk through the door.

After thirty years, it was time for the medical center to have its own cosmetic surgery.

Unusual Constraints or challenges:

The small reception and waiting area with partitions and doors made the spaces claustrophobic.

All new renovations had to be restricted to existing footprint due to City and local building codes. Basically, the design team was tasked with ‘manufacturing’ the spaces feel larger with very little ‘raw materials’.

Creative solutions to the challenges:

All existing non-loadbearing partitions at the lobby, reception and waiting area were removed to create one large space.

GMA cleverly used vertical and horizontal floating planes to functionally and aesthetically define receptionists, entry and waiting areas.

Varied use of lighting; surface mounted, recessed, concealed cove and wall sconces, most of which are dimmable, was utilized to achieve the airiness and openness desired by the clients.

Accent wavy tiles on walls, a freestanding waterfall fixture between columns and floor tiles allow the new 12-foot curved receptionists desk finished in a dark walnut to pop out.

The new bathroom with its floating vanity, vessel sink and waterfall tiles offer fresh relief to visitors, compared to the previous bathroom which was dark, dinky and outdated.

Overall results of the project:

The first impression as one enters the remodeled office is the realization that ‘this is the place I want to have my cosmetic surgery done!’

The new space exudes an air of understated sophistication that can only be associated with the confidence that comes from knowing that the service provided by the medical center is the best.

Our clients are happy, their clients are happy and of course we are happy!

g. manu & associates - architectural design & build
g. manu & associates - architectural design & build