Spruill Annex Renovation
This project involved the renovation, addition, and conversion of an abandoned 100 year-old hospital wing for criminal mental patients into new government offices. The new building addition encompasses a new entry, lobby, reception/waiting area, elevator and stair core. It is sited on the inside corner between the abandoned building wing and a hospital wing still in use. The limited budget required new systems for HVAC, electrical, plumbing, windows, new stairs and elevator, and all finishes for the reconfigured space. Corridors were opened at the ends to provide natural light and views, and simple projecting accent walls of color signal circulation changes.
The lobby and reception area introduce natural materials such as a stone floor and benches, desk surfaces made of cherry wood, coupled with brick walls and cherry paneling. This warm palette of materials immediately greets the visitors and sets the foundation for a de-institutionalized setting all through the renovation. Interior glass is introduced throughout to remove the feel of hospital corridors and to allow daylight to reach internal spaces.
The new entry canopy, suspended from the stair tower, addresses the need for defining a new public entrance from the street. The principle exterior materials include brick, aluminum, stainless steel, glass and glass-block. The interior environment is defined by highlights of color and glass, cherry doors, slate floors and carpet.