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Circle Health Healthcare Satellite Facility Design

Differentiated Healthcare Facility Design at Circle Health Dracut

by: Colby Cavanagh AIA
Wed, Mar 06 , 2019

Whether it's new construction or the renovation of an existing medical office building, there are many considerations to creating a well-designed satellite facility. See how Lowell General Hospital's new Circle Health medical facility in Dracut, Massachusetts, established the Circle Health brand, made the most of a restrictive lot, created a sense of well-being for patients and staff and optimized shared resources.


Circle Health Dracut Branding

1. Establishment of a consistent brand for Lowell General Hospital (LGH) outpatient facilities – This was Circle Health’s first ground-up satellite facility to house urgent care & patient services.  The Maugel healthcare team created a template for all new facilities by integrating modern materials, such as metal panels and large window expanses, with LGH’s traditional architectural elements of brick and masonry.



Circle Health Dracut Lot Restrictions

2. Making the most of a tight footprint – Setbacks were tight for the lot, which helped give form to the three-story footprint,  making Circle Health Dracut one of the tallest buildings in the area. The prominence of the facility stands as a welcoming beacon to the community.

Circle Health Dracut Natural Light

3. Maximizing natural light and views to nature  – Many studies show the health benefits of designing spaces that have an abundance of natural light and a visual connection to the outside.  Thoughtful placement of exterior windows maximized natural light into the facility and fosters a sense of well-being for patients and staff. 

Circle Health Dracut Lobbies

4. Welcoming entrances within a small footprint – To maximize clinical space, the entry lobbies were designed with a compact footprint.  By adding higher ceiling heights, full glass entries, elevated finishes and lighting, and vast views to the outside, Maugel’s healthcare team transformed basic circulation zones into comfortable navigation spaces.

Circle Health Dracut Shared Functions

5. Optimizing efficiencies through shared spaces – By combining practices, the Endocrinology & Diabetes Clinic floor created efficiencies for staff and patients. The Maugel healthcare team designed the suite to meets the needs of each practice, while efficiently laying out shared spaces and auxiliary office functions.

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