UPMC Falk Medical Building, Infectious Disease Clinic
The space occupied by UPMC’s Infectious Disease Clinic in Oakland was originally conceived as the attic and storage area for the Falk Medical Building. The sloped roof structure, low ceiling heights and almost complete lack of thermal insulation created less than ideal environmental conditions for the sensitive program the clinic wanted to implement. The project addressed these challenges by creating an interior insulation layer and completely replacing the air handling units serving the entire building while the rest of floors remained occupied.
Negative pressure isolation systems were added to the bariatric and procedure rooms allowing the clinic to serve infectious patients. The analysis of traffic patterns within the clinic generated a spatial configuration that improves patient flow and allows staff to conduct research programs as well as daily treatment procedures.
WTW’s patient centric approach included improvements to check-in areas and family support services.