EXECUTIVE EXPRESS CHIROPRACTIC
DESIGN STATEMENT and ECO-FRIENDLY MATERIAL PALETTE
Executive Express Chiropractic was designed by Martinkovic Milford Architects and built by Peacock Construction. Below are a design statement and a brief description of the various eco-friendly materials used in the construction of the space.
Design Statement: Executive Express Chiropractic was designed to accomplish many diverse goals. The floor plan sought to make the most efficient use of the space and to facilitate efficient patient turnaround desired by the owner in order to minimize wait time; the design was meant to be professional, comfortable, unique and attractive, and to visually appeal to the downtown professional; the finishes, fixtures and building materials were to be as green and eco-friendly as possible; lastly, as design inspiration, the architect looked to the forms of the human body, and particularly the detailed illustrations in the classic medical text book Gray’s Anatomy.
As a result, four different floor plan layouts were considered, and the most efficient selected, which accommodates up to six patients, six practitioners and three staff at one time. Inspired by the concept of the classic executive boardroom, the color palette began with dark brown. Bright white was employed to contrast the brown, while warm beige was used to compliment the brown. To add a spark of vitality, the color palette was accented with crimson red. The materials incorporate recycled leather wall tiles, countertops made from recycled marble chips, natural wool carpet, as well as energy efficient fiber optic lighting. The forms and curves found in the space are directly inspired by the shape of the spine, the profiles of bones and the curvature of muscles. The anatomy illustrations that inspired the design were chosen as the artwork, and the picture frames were constructed of wood harvested from sustainably managed forests.
The eco-friendly material palette includes:
• The white, striped porcelain tile at the entry is manufactured by Ergon. The tile is composed of 100% recycled material, and the manufacturing process employs water that is recycled on-site. 100% of the tile can be recycled after use.
• The curved leather wall is surfaced with leather wall tiles by EcoDomo. Real leather scraps are collected from furniture, shoe, and other leather manufacturing facilities, and are grinded into shreds. Water and other natural binding ingredients are added, mostly natural rubber and acacia wood bark. The leather pulp is formed into a sheet or roll and mechanically processed for size and texture. The tiles were then delivered to the site with a sticky peel-off back so no off-gassing adhesives were required.
• The marble countertops and shelves by EuroStone are composed of more than 90% recycled marble chips. The remainder of the material is natural resin, which is used as a binding agent. The result is a beautiful and unique product with variations from piece to piece.
• The Bentley Prince Street broadloom carpet, from the “Pure Element” line, is composed of 80% wool and nylon fibers, while the backing is composed of recycled content produced with recovered mineral residuals from the paper recycling industry.
• The Maya Romanoff paper wall covering in the treatment area is created by stamping rayon fibers on wet wood pulp, producing a beautiful wall covering that displays both texture and depth. The wall covering is made from rapidly renewable materials, particularly Mulberry, and it 100% biodegradable.
• The fiber optic lighting that illuminates the leather feature wall and other areas of the office is powered by a single high efficiency metal halide lamp. The light is fed through glass fibers to 15 small, adjustable lenses throughout the office. The fiber optic lights are low-maintenance, economical when used in quantity and are up to 80% more energy-efficient than other lighting options.
• The open treatment room divider panels are manufactured by 3-form and are part of the “full circle” line, a collaboration between 3-form and the artisan communities worldwide. For these particular panels, 3-form works with families in Nepal who earn supplemental income by tending silkworms and their delicate cocoons in the attics of their homes. Artisans then soften the cocoons in water, gently pulling silk into fiber strips. The fiber strips are inlaid between two panels, made of a recycled eco-resin material, which is a standard patent material made from a minimum of 40% post-industrial recycled material.
• The Armstrong ceiling tile is composed of 80% recycled content and can be re-issued to Armstrong’s recycling program after its life use.
• The Benjamin Moore Eco-Spec paint, used throughout, dramatically reduces the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) found in most paints. Upon application, the paint has virtually no odor, and does not degrade air quality for the inhabitants of the space or for the contractors working on site.
• The artwork and mirror framing employs FSC certified wood was fabricated by ecoFRAMING.
For questions or inquiries, please contact Justin Martinkovic of Martinkovic Milford Architects at 415-346-9990.
Visit www.ExecutiveExpressChiro.com for photos and more info. To schedule an appointment call 415-392-2225.