Montgomery County Advanced Medical Imaging & Abington Health
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) and Computerized Tomography (CT) Suite
Summary and Project Background:
AHAdams&Company was commissioned to renovate a tenant space within a sixty year old elementary school to create a functional, environmentally responsible facility for the latest medical imaging technology – a PET/CT Imaging Suite. This project is part of the continuing expansion and upgrading of the Abington Health Outpatient Diagnostic Imaging Center designed by AHAdams&Company.
Goals and Challenges:
Design and construction of the PET/CT medical suite required thoughtful consideration to the details and spatial requirements of the project to integrate twenty-first century medical technology in a twentieth century building. The client, MCAMI, established from the beginning a critical design goal to create a facility where medical technology is presented within an atmosphere designed to place patients in a comfortable and relaxing environment.
The new PET/CT Imaging Suite will be the first United States Green Building Council LEED Certified project for both MCAMI and Abington Health. The new imaging medical facility is located at the Abington Health Center - Shilling Campus, in the Blairwood Building in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania. The Schilling Campus is an outpatient facility where for over twenty years AHAdams&Company has provided professional services to assist Abington Health with numerous projects.
AHAdams&Company engaged MCAMI in the design process to achieve their design goals for critical patient needs, clinical requirements and diagnostic protocols, and equipment infrastructure within the functional requirements. Through listening and observation, AHAdams&Company was able to visualize and assist MCAMI with evaluating each goal and design element in the context of patient interaction, and environmentally responsible sustainable design and construction practices. The new PET/CT will be a humanistic patient-centered medical facility constructed with the goal of reducing resource use and energy consumption.