PMB plans May completion of adaptive reuse of movie theater

PMB is converting the former Dickinson Palm Valley 14 movie theater in Goodyear, into the 50,000 square foot Palm Valley Medical Center.

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.


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