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Healthcare Design

At Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects we are committed to serving the public  through healthcare designs. Healthcare facilities are an important cornerstone of all communities  and we seek to provide outstanding design so that healthcare professionals can utilize the latest technology, in beautiful and functional facilities, with their patients. Our team of architects has successfully designed and supervised construction of dozens of healthcare facilities.

Every healthcare design, from the largest hospital to the smallest clinic renovation, is unique and we work to meet the custom needs of every project. We enjoy working directly with healthcare professionals and administrators to meet their needs and those of their patients.

Select List of Our Healthcare Projects:

Sterling Heights DaVita Dialysis I Sterling Heights [featured see above]

Pontiac Osteopathic Hospital I Pontiac

DaVita Orchard Square Dialysis I Bloomfield Hills

Wheelock Memorial Hospital I Goodrich

Kirkwood General Hospital I Detroit

DaVita Saginaw Dialysis I Saginaw

Genesys Health Systems I Holly [featured see above]

Marshall Manor Nursing Home I Marshall

Shoreham Terrace Nursing Home I St. Joseph

Marian Hall I Flint

DaVita Lansing Dialysis I Okemos

Genesee Health Systems I Flint

Riverview DaVita Dialysis I Riverview [featured see above]

New Center DaVita Dialysis I Detroit

Genesee County Community Mental Health I Oak Center

Genesys Medical Office Building – Greater Flint Sports Medicine I Grand Blanc

Dr. Vanort’s Office I Milford

OBGYN Associates I Milford

Michigan Sports & Spine I Troy

 

Satori House

Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects  is excited to share a project nearing completion in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. The Satori House, designed by our Project Architect, Kurt Neiwswender, AIA, is located on the northern shores of Lake Michigan at the base of the Upper Peninsula.

This tranquil environment of dune, long grasses, and water gently lapping the shoreline is perfect for a house named Satori.  In the Japanese Buddhist tradition, Satori, is enlightenment—the “first step” or embarkation toward Buddhahood  .

Respect for the environment is evident in the house’s spirit and physicality . Designed to Passivhaus standard  the house is super insulated, air-tight, fresh air ventilated, and southern facing.  Glazing dominates the southern façade not only takes advantage of the incredible views of Lake Michigan but also maximizes solar gain. The design is a fusion of  Zen minimalism and rustic Upper Peninsula post and beam architecture.

Newsmakers: Architects pass out flyers to educate Flint residents on potential water storage issues

Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects’ own Jeffrey Ferweda, AIA  and  Amanda Harrell-Seyburn, Associate AIA, made the news passing out  AIA  Flint Safe Water Storage Guidelines to residents picking up bottled water at key water resource centers around the city. 

 

FLINT (WJRT) – (02/05/16)  Architects pass out flyers to educate Flint residents on potential water storage issues 

As water by the truckloads continues to pour in from around the state and the county, storage is becoming more of a concern – and so is safety.

Water is heavy, and there are some things you need to know about how to store and stack it safety.

Cars line up like a conga line for cases of bottled water all across Flint. They’re facing a weighty issue in more ways than one.

“A case of water is about 28 pounds. An average house should be designed for 40 pounds per square foot of live load, or whatever kind of furniture, people, stuff that you put on top of it,” said Jeffrey Ferweda, director for the Flint chapter of the American Institute of Architects.”

That’s why members of the American Institute of Architects are passing out fliers around town. Their mission is to make people aware of the potential danger of improperly storing cases of water, especially in older homes.

“If we put to much water in one place, you stack six, seven or eight cases high, and you do that for a lot of area, you could potentially collapse the floor,” Ferweda said.

The water weight awareness campaign began after local AIA members assisted a Flint church. Donated water is coming in faster than its being distributed, to the point where they wanted to use the second floor of their storage building.

“We had an architect come out ot be able to king of pan the building itself and to let us know what areas we will be safe in terms of stacking the water, how much weight the floors and things of that natures, the structure of the building can hold,” said Catrina Tillman, from First Trinity Missionary Baptist Church.

Flint residents are also mindful of the “extra load” they’re taking on.

Doris Keels, from Flint, brought some help of her own.

“I’ve go some young arms. My granddaughter,” she said.

“Forty bottles in a thing is quite heavy compared to lifting just a gallon jug, but I appreciate all of the efforts to anybody donates.” said Flint resident Annette Mayner.

The best surface for storing water is a concrete floor in a heated garage or basement.

If you have to use a higher floor, spread the weight out and stack no more than two or three cases high.

Also, put it against exterior walls rather than in the middle of the room.

 

Safe Water Storage for Flint

Recent events at our office, located in downtown Flint, inspired the creation of the AIA Flint Safe Water Storage Guidelines . Our office was recently contacted by a church that is also a temporary  water resource center for the residents of Flint. The church is storing and distributing clean drinking water in bottle form to the community. The church, concerned about the weight of the water and for guidance on how to store the water so as not to overload the floor and cause the floor to collapse, contacted us . Smart thinking. Stacking water too high can cause strain on the structural members of the floor and cause it to give way . We were happy to advise the church. As a result of this experience, Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects  has collaborated with AIA Flint to develop Safe Water Storage Guidelines and a public campaign to inform the residents of our city on how to store their water safely.

Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects and AIA Flint recommends residents should adhere to the following guidelines for storing water:

To prevent floor collapse, cases of water should be stacked no more than 2 cases high in a 2 square foot area.

Best place to store water is in the garage or basement on a concrete floor.

If residents do not have a garage or basement with concrete floor, water is safest stored against an exterior wall rather than the middle of room.

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Flint Chapter will be distributing Safe Water Storage Guidelines, beginning Friday, February 5, to key water distribution sites in the city of Flint. If residents would like a copy of the flyer, it can be downloaded at www.aiaflint.com. If residents have further questions regarding storage of bottled water, a list of architects who can answer questions is also provided via the AIA Flint membership list also found at www.aiaflint.com.

Sustainable & Beautiful

Sustainability is at its best when it is not only good for the environment but is also beautiful.

Sedgewick & Ferweda Architects project manager, Michael Murphy, designed a feature wall in the DaVita Orchard Square Dialysis Center that is a lesson in sustainable elegance. The feature wall is clad in a luminous blue tile that draws focus to the wall and adds beauty to the waiting area easing patient wait time. The tiles are a sustainable blend of clear glass, iridescent glass, and sand which allows for both a soft movement and yet a bit of ‘bling’ that does not overpower.