Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Center for Advanced Care (CFAC) is a critical link in the health system’s strategic plan; the Center relocates specialty clinics formerly dispersed across the campus into a cutting-edge facility, that centralizes and streamlines services to maximize patient value. The design brings energy and verticality to the campus’ south end, making the most of the available parcel of land, while respecting both the campus and community. The building’s massing continues the “folded plane” motif of the neighboring cancer center and uses similar materials including architectural precast, glass and metal panel. A staggered pattern of vertical mullions accented by narrow lights of reflective glass achieve an optimistic vertical emphasis. Above the main entry, green glass fins are used to aid in wayfinding. Inside the main lobby, a vertical wood screen helps manage the scale of the open floor plan and reflects the nearby natural elements of woodlands and water.
The CFAC’s energized verticality and sculptural aesthetic alludes to the leading-edge nature of the healthcare taking place inside. This energy is brought through public spaces with the repetition of color and shape and the use of vertical elements. Open waiting areas line the south curtainwall at each floor, providing calming views of the adjacent county wetlands. The generous use of glazing creates a reflection of the woods and ponds, unifying the building with the local environment.