The Center for Community
Health Improvement and Wellness, East Hampton, N.Y.
Type of facility: community and counseling center
Client: Southampton Hospital, Southampton, N.Y.
Project architect: Henry M. Flynn Architect, P.C., Southampton, N.Y.
Construction manager: Sullivan & McGrath Construction, Amityville, N.Y.
Size: 1,300 square feet
Completed: July 1995
Total cost: $115,000
Cost per square foot: $88This project uses simple, clean architectural devices to create a friendly, inviting center with residential qualities, the judges said.
"This storefront space developed into a wellness information center was surprising but refreshing," said judge Lawrence P. Lammers.
The small but warm area is used to disseminate information on health programs and services. The space posed many design challenges because it's long and narrow with limited street exposure. Judges said the solution was the zig-zag design that divides the space into segments reflecting differing uses.
Neither walls nor doors separate the segments. Instead, white pillar columns and split beams housing bands of colored light define the design. The pillar theme is carried to the exterior of the storefront, drawing the eye into the new space.
"The adaptive reuse of traditional material such as existing brick, slate, tin ceilings, wood floors and painted millwork is a fine example of an economical project which is in harmony with its setting," said judge William H. Paxson.