Situated in a fast-developing suburban area of Rogers, Ark., the nearly $3 million Harvey Pediatric Clinic is home to a 15,493-square-foot pediatric practice, which was completed May 2016. The building’s strong form establishes a visual landmark along the busy commercial corridor and presents a dynamic contrast to the everyday structures that populate the area. Singular in form, it is at home in a taxonomy of objects such as the barns and silos that dotted this previously agrarian landscape.

The nearly 40 employees of Harvey Pediatrics administer to more than 150 patients ranging from infants to young adults daily. Throughout the initial phases of the design process, Dr. Bryan Harvey, the client and one of the clinic’s four practitioners, pushed for a building that could capture the imagination of these young patients yet serve the everyday needs of his large staff. Rather than see these two tasks as competing factors in the design, a discursive process allowed for a symbiotic relationship between form-making and space-planning. The result is a building that is identifiable, bold and efficient for the large staff of nurses and doctors.

The clinic occupies the entire upper level of the building. Patients enter the building and pause in the waiting room at the east prior to moving into one of the 16 exam rooms in the center of the building. Staff enter at the ground floor break room at the west prior to moving up the stairs to the flex space, which serves as an administrative hub for the practice. Nurses’ stations and doctors’ offices are embedded within the exam rooms, allowing for quick access to each exam room. The carefully planned circulation allows nurses and doctors to move between exam rooms quickly, meeting with and treating each patient with care and attention.

Light and views to the exterior are central to each clinic space. Large skylights over the nurses’ stations brings ample light into the space. Exam rooms along the south of the building are bathed in natural light from above. Unlike many medical office buildings, patients, nurses and doctors have near-continuous views outside through the glass wall at the waiting room and the long ribbon window along the north side of the building. These features allow staff to connect to the rhythm of the day, leading one staff member to realize that she had never before witnessed a storm move through the area during working hours.

The Harvey Pediatric Clinic elevates the medical office typology, providing a high-quality, efficient patient and staff environment. The bold figure establishes a new landmark and reasserts a singular presence in a banal suburban context.


Project source list:

Architecture: Marlon Blackwell Architects

Landscape design: Stuart Fulbright


Mechanical, Electical, Plumbing: HP Engineering Inc.

Structural: Tatum Smith Engineers Inc.

Civil: Bates & Associates Inc.

Construction: SSI Inc.

Photographer: Timothy Hursley

Structural System:

Steel frame with composite decking: Fig Tree Inc.

Exterior Cladding:

Metal panels: Morin


Membrane Roof: Firestone Building Products


Storefront: Kawneer and Ace Glass


Entrances: Kawneer

Wood doors: Marshfield Door Systems


Locksets: Hager

Closers: Hager / LCN

Exit devices: Kawneer

Pulls: Hager

Security devices: Best Access Systems

Interior Finishes:

Acoustical ceilings: CertainTeed

Suspension grid: CertainTeed

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: Kitchen Distributors

Paints and stains: Sherwin Williams

Plastic laminate: Pionite

Resilient flooring: Johnsonite

Carpet: JJ Invision

Furnishings: All furniture provided by owner.


Downlights: Juno (recessed cans); Forum (recessed linear); Coronet (troffer)

Exterior: Juno

Dimming system or other lighting controls: Leviton


Elevators/escalators: Otis


Drinking Fountain: Elkay

Lavatory: American Standard

Water Closets: American Standard

Sinks: Elkay

Faucets: Symmons

Interior Signage: Archyway Graphic Designs