Cone Health MedCenter Greensboro At Drawbridge Parkway, Greensboro, North Carolina

Owner Cone Health (Greensboro, N.C.), a nonprofit healthcare delivery system, set out to connect and integrate healthcare and well-being services all in one location with the creation of the MedCenter Greensboro at Drawbridge Parkway northwest Greensboro, N.C.

Opened in December 2021, the 200,000-square-foot clinic and freestanding emergency center introduces wellness components throughout this project by establishing community spaces to engage and teach healthy habits.

Spaces are thoughtfully designed to support teaching healthy eating and cooking, exercising, and mindful movements, in addition to the services traditionally offered in a clinic and freestanding emergency center.

The facility includes primary care, behavioral health, counseling, a cancer center, women’s healthcare, emergency care, heart and vascular care, imaging, orthopedics outpatient rehabilitation, sports medicine, and plastic surgery services. A café, retail pharmacy, Sagewell Health & Fitness, and a teaching kitchen are also included.

Wellness built into the design

Wellness is provided within a unique environment within this facility, both indoors and outdoors. Programs hosted within studio classrooms for teaching of fitness and rehabilitation, to a basketball gymnasium and full aquatics program are included to augment this community-based facility.

The most prominent feature on the exterior, the “front porch,” is meant to represent a front porch of a home, an architectural reference to community, conversation, and shelter. The porch becomes the backdrop for the fitness space with an indoor running track that allows views both into and from the facility. Fitness space is created within the first floor and activated through the connecting outdoor patio spaces for group activities.

The four-story environmentally conscious facility includes a mezzanine level within the fitness/ rehabilitation center. The building’s orientation was carefully positioned to minimize heat gain while also introducing sunshade devices to block out the harshest sunlight, but still allowing views to the outdoors.

Several features were implemented within the project and sited to be enhanced by the outdoors, such as the community rooms facing the courtyard, the swimming pools with large windows facing the wooded landscape, and the fitness area with views across the terraces and trees beyond.

Campus connection to the Greensboro community

The campus is woven into the greater Greensboro community as a destination site with direct connection to the Bicentennial Greenway, a multiuse regional trail that runs through several counties in North Carolina which residents can use for recreation or alternative forms of transportation.

Maximizing the site usage, Cone Health chose to develop an integrated parking facility attached directly to the facility. This affords more site area to be fully developed for outdoor activities and garden spaces while allowing direct and protected connection for patrons with exceptionally short travel distances and easy accessibility to the building amenities.

Cone Health MedCenter Greensboro at Drawbridge Parkway project details

Location: Greensboro, N.C.

Completion date: December 2021

Owner: Cone Health

Total building area: 202,438 sq. ft.

Total construction cost: N/A

Cost/sq. ft.: N/A

Architecture firm: Page Southerland Page Inc. (design architect), Odell (architect of record)

Interior design: (contracted by owner)

General contractor: Brasfield & Gorrie

Engineering: Affiliated Engineers (MEP), Fitzpatrick Engineering (structural engineer), Adams Electric Company (electrical engineer), McKenney’s Mechanical (mechanical), Stimmel (civil/land planning) WTI (aquatics), Covalus (medical equipment planning)

Builder: Brasfield & Gorrie