Studio 3 Designs commissioned to overhaul iconic 1970’s Nils Schweizer building

by admin on July 2, 2012

Commercial design firm gives MIlls 50 District buildings new life as medical facilities

Studio 3 Designs has been commissioned to design and manage the interior reconstruction of an iconic 1970’s-era building at 444 N. Mills Avenue. The 5,800 sq. ft. space, originally designed by lauded Orlando architect Nils Schweizer, will become the new home for Newman Plastic Surgery, which is relocating from a leased space on West Gore Street.

The project is the latest of its kind for Studio 3 Designs within the Mills 50 District, which is home to dozens of outpatient medical facilities of virtually every conceivable specialty. The firm has designed and managed similar projects in the area for clients such as Orlando Eye Consultants, Orlando Immunology Center, and Eola Eyes. The latter project won both a Golden Brick Award and a City of Orlando Beautification Award.

The firm is no stranger to the unique design challenges associated with retrofitting the area’s mid-century buildings for modern medical practices. With a focus on achieving HIPPA and ADA compliance, as well as improving employee work flow and the patient experience, every aspect of the medical re-designs centers around improving business functionality and profitability.

The Eola Eyes project exemplifies this process. In late 2010, the optometry practice turned to Studio 3 Designs to identify and design their new location.

“Edward and his team created a beautiful and functional workspace that flows well and uses every square foot efficiently, despite a very challenging building footprint,” said Dr. Kerry Geidd, Partner at Eola Eyes. “In 18 months, our gross revenues have nearly doubled, and we have a space that both we and our patients love to be in.”

The Newman Plastic Surgery project presents an additional challenge in preserving the timeless architectural design of the late Schweizer, long known as the ‘dean of Orlando architecture’. Schweizer was the former Southeastern representative for famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. He helped design such iconic Central Florida landmarks as Florida Southern College, Orlando International Airport, Loch Haven Park, and St. Luke Episcopal Cathedral.

Edward Woodill, III, Principal of Studio 3 Designs, said; “At the center of Nils Schweizer’s design philosophy is the belief that form and function are one in the same. We will carry forth that same belief as we strive to tailor the space to the needs of the people within.”

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