PMB, a real estate owner and developer, plans to complete work in May for a challenging, adaptive reuse project, converting a 50,000-square-foot 1980s-era multiplex movie theatre to a modern medical use. The project is currently 90 percent pre-leased.
The repurposed facility is being developed immediately west of the Abrazo West Campus, a 188-bed acute-care community hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center operated by Phoenix-based Abrazo Community Health Network.
PMB pursued the unique conversion in response to the need for class A medical office space in a highly-constrained on-campus market. The new building, located at 1325 N. Litchfield Road in Goodyear, will expand the Abrazo West Campus wound care program, and provide the following outpatient services: imaging, multi-specialty care, internal medicine, pain management, wound care and physical therapy.
“We are facing exciting challenges in this conversion. With this approach we will achieve a faster delivery since the construction schedule is half that of a ground-up project,” said Mark Toothacre, president, PMB. “We are incorporating a number of high-profile design features that will rival any new build-to-suit medical office in this market.”
PMB is retaining the theater’s generous 12-foot wide common hallways to create a patient-centric public corridor and is adding a beautiful and completely reworked building entry. PMB is also utilizing the existing 22-foot theatre ceiling heights to create open spaces with great future flexibility.
With this strategic adaptive reuse, PMB is handling a number of challenges that include:
- Space planning around load bearing demising walls between theaters by carefully planning clinical pods
- Reconfiguring the common and tenant areas to eliminate elevation changes in the existing floors.
- Modifying an extremely dated theater exterior to create a stylish, modern appearance with a dramatic building entry.
The adaptive reuse benefits the client by creating proximate, modern medical office space in a very constrained on-campus market further providing growth space for Abrazo’s captive medical group.
The project team includes globally recognized architect SmithGroup and Arizona-based general contractor AK-SAR-Ben Companies Inc.