Aimed at infusing three forms of well-being—fitness, medical care, and wellness—into one facility, the Center for Health & Wellbeing in Winter Park, Fla., draws inspiration from the healing power of nature. Similarly, owners Winter Park Health Foundation and AdventHealth wished to marry the parking structure with the center’s aesthetics, function, and landscape. For the last 25 years, the City of Winter Park has prohibited commercial parking structures from looking like and there must be more to the design than a different paint color.
Read more about this project in the Summer 2020 issue of Ascent.
Precast concrete panels, decorative perforated screening, and metal accents, along with the coloring of those elements, echo the natural aesthetic of the Center’s design. Precast concrete panels were used as the structure’s primary façade rather than the stucco on the Center’s façades for a number of reasons, including construction efficiency and cost. To overcome the horizontality that is inherent in parking structures, the architect used a vertical composition of precast concrete panels, screening, and terracotta metal accents.