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Orthopaedic Associates of Wausau & Wausau Surgery Center

Orthopaedic Associates of Wausau & Wausau Surgery Center

Orthopaedic Associates of Wausau and Wausau Surgery Center selected PRA to design their new facility after outgrowing their current spaces. These new buildings were designed to be programmatically independent but are connected to allow patients and staff to flow between as needed. The 37,500sf orthopaedic clinic is organized around clear circulation spines with five treatment pods. The center area includes x-ray imaging and connection to a mobile MRI unit. Staff offices are strung along the south windows and in the lower level. A double-height central Physical Therapy gym features 18 foot tall windows to provide a dramatic space for follow-up care.

The 24,000sf surgery component has five 600sf operating rooms able to accommodate abundant equipment for intensive orthopedic procedures. Nearby here are six private pre-op rooms and five post-op bays, and with four flex rooms with private toilet rooms for overnight recovery. The post-op area can be isolated from the rest of the facility when needed to acoustically separate the area when occupied by children. Each OR has individual doors to ensure the separation of clean and soiled items and great care is taken to insure single directional flow of supplies and instruments from use and disinfection to sterilization and storage.

The building mass communicates the patient area with a raised roof that transitions into a large clerestory window that bathes the space in natural light. The staff lounge and conference rooms are positioned to take advantage of the southern exposure and views of the nearby Granite Peak mountains.

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