Designed in phases over several years, the Butler County Medical Center showcases Bayer Becker’s multi-discipline design capabilities. The project features six buildings with space for a seventh. The project presented multiple challenges, including maintaining access, parking and utility function to the existing buildings as design and construction were taking place. The existence of a regulated stream also posed a challenge. Bayer Becker was able to identify ways to cross and relocate portions of the regulated ditch to provide the space and access to various parts of the campus in a more cost effective manner. Bayer Becker also worked out a solution to expanding the parking over the ditch while still adhering to the regulations in place at the time.
Even though the project was constructed over several years, Bayer Becker’s master plan balanced the overall design and earthwork, eliminating the need for retaining walls, giving the campus a coherent and fully integrated look. Bayer Becker’s multi-discipline capabilities also allowed for the project to have a single project design team. This capability helped minimize costs associated with utility relocations because of potential master plan changes. A single team also ensured proactive design decisions. The team’s knowledge of past phases allowed for smart design decisions, including potential issues, with future phases. Sustainable design elements included shading to help reduce heat from the asphalt surface and storm water quality elements. The site also features notable architectural and site features such as curved faced buildings around a circular parking lot and a large fountain surrounded by a roundabout.
The Butler County Medical Center began with a vision to create a full service hospital and medical complex where people could have quick and easy access to emergency services as well as frequent care without the drive required to other hospitals in the region. Thanks to Bayer Becker’s project team’s multi-discipline capabilities and experience with similar projects, that vision is now a reality.