Real estate owners and developers PMB recently completed the Goodyear Medical Plaza, Goodyear, Ariz., an adaptive reuse project that converted a 50,000-square-foot 1980s-era multiplex movie theater to a modern medical use. The project is currently 90 percent leased.

The repurposed facility is immediately west of the Abrazo West Campus operated by Phoenix-based Abrazo Community Health Network. PMB pursued the conversion in response to the need for Class A medical office space in a highly constrained on-campus market. The new building expands the Abrazo West Campus wound care program, and provides such outpatient services as imaging, multi-specialty care, internal medicine, pain management, wound care, and physical therapy.

PMB retained the former theater’s generous 12-foot wide common hallways to create a patient-centric public corridor and reworked the building entry. PMB also took advantage of the 22-foot ceiling heights to create open spaces with future flexibility.

In this adaptive reuse, PMB mitigated a number of challenges, including:
• 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; and
• modifying a dated theater exterior to create a modern appearance with a dramatic building entry.

The project team included architect SmithGroup and Arizona-based general contractor AK-SAR-Ben Companies Inc.