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Design incorporates a “Patient First” approach & “Lean Design Principles,” creating a facility that is equal to the excellence of care provided.

PRINCETON, N.J. – International architects Michael Graves & Associates (MGA), in collaboration with Shore Orthopaedic doctors and Scarborough Properties, announce the completion of the headquarters and medical office building for Shore Orthopaedic University Associates in Somers Point, New Jersey.  The 10,300 square foot newly constructed facility utilizes a “Patient First” design approach based on “Lean Design Principles.” The new clinic houses exam rooms, x-ray imaging services, offices, public lobby and waiting room, staff lounge, physical therapy facility, medical offices, conference space and an outdoor relaxation garden.  MGA designed the entire project from strategic planning, architecture and interior design, to furniture, graphic design, company branding, website and marketing graphics.

Lean Design Principles are focused on the process of continuous improvement based upon a careful examination of an organization’s current method of operations. The goal is to create environments that eliminate waste, optimize the practice’s efficiency and enhance the patient experience. “We were able to improve the patient experience and streamline daily operations making treatment more cost effective, faster and focused. The facility also features built-in flexibility for future changes and growth”, said James Wisniewski, Senior Associate at MGA and lead architect on the project.

Designing from a patient’s perspective, MGA drew upon our wide experience in architectural as well as industrial (product) design. They were able to clearly define patient and staff areas to be as flexible, rational and easy to understand for patients, doctors and staff.  Natural light and controlled views to the outside are an important element of the design.  The waiting area and the patient route to the clinical modules take advantage of the light and views, as do the administrative areas and the staff lounge. Borrowed light into the exam rooms and offices, as well as glazed doors further support the connection to the outside.

The reception area and lobby, which accommodates a large seating lounge and administrative stations that exceed HIPAA standards for privacy, have been designed to visibly identify the intake stations directly in front of the entrance and the exit stations on the path from the exam and consult rooms.  The waiting area is informal with a strong indoor/outdoor connection to the relaxation garden.  The physical therapy area includes support spaces, such as a whirlpool, laundry, sink, and storage cabinets.  All corridors are a minimum of 5 feet wide throughout the entire complex, allowing for accessible movement throughout the building for patients, doctors and support staff.

The project was executed as Integrated Project Delivery, where the architect closely coordinated the development of the design with the developer, user, engineering sub-consultants and the general contractor. This process included performing comparative cost and schedule analysis for systems and materials and identifying portions of the work that could be fast tracked.  The project utilized a design-build construction manager project delivery format, in order to accommodate a six-month construction schedule.  Together with the developer, Scarborough Properties, and builder, DRK & Associates, the architect was able to meet a $250/SF project cost budget.

Shore Orthopaedic Clinic combines Michael Graves’ personal experience with his distinctive architecture style. As a paraplegic himself, Graves has unique insight into the needs and abilities of those living with a disability. Graves has long been an advocate for the disabled and was recently appointed by President Barack Obama to the Architecture and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, known as the Access Board, which governs the independent federal agency covering accessible design under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Michael has since become a thought leader, speaking across the country as a healthcare design and patient’s rights advocate at major conferences including TEDMED and the American Hospital Association Leadership Summit.

About Michael Graves & Associates

Michael Graves & Associates has been in the forefront of architecture and design for almost 50 years. Today, the overall architecture and design practice comprises two firms run by 8 Principals. Michael Graves Design Group (MGDG) specializes in product design, graphics and branding and Michael Graves & Associates (MGA) provides planning, architecture and interior design services. MGDG has designed and brought to market over 2,000 products for clients such as Stryker, JCPenney, Target, Alessi, and Disney. MGA has designed many master plans and the architecture and interiors of over 400 buildings worldwide, including hotels and resorts, civic and cultural projects, office buildings, healthcare facilities, residences and a wide variety of academic facilities. Graves and the firms have received over 200 awards for design excellence. With its unique, highly integrated multidisciplinary practice, the Michael Graves Companies offer strategic advantages to clients worldwide.  Please visit

About Shore Orthopaedic University Associates –

Shore Orthopedic University Associates has maintained a leadership role in southern New Jersey over the past thirty years. Their team of experienced skilled doctors, Drs. McCloskey, Zabinski, Voit, DeMorat, Islinger, Alber, Barrett and Fox are dedicated to providing state-of-the-art orthopaedic care to their patients including arthroscopic surgery, joint replacement, reconstructive surgery, minimally invasive surgery, hand surgery, sports medicine, orthopaedic trauma care and fracture care.

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About Scarborough Properties

For 65 years, Scarborough Properties has earned a reputation for producing superior quality buildings and distinctive developments.  Beginning in 1946 with their home building business, Scarborough has continued to grow and diversify, developing office complexes, condominium housing, apartments, marinas, hospitals, schools and shopping centers throughout the Delaware Valley, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Florida. As principals and owners, the family takes a hands-on approach to all facets of the development process from economic analysis, conceptual design, entitlements, leasing, and property management. Please visit

About DRK Associates/ Contractors

DRK & Associates Inc was founded in 1995. The construction company is very diversified and serves the commercial and industrial construction markets.  Typical projects include medical and surgical facilities, office buildings, retail stores and restaurants.  DRK’s industrial division has completed food process facilities, manufacturing & warehouse buildings and cold storage complexes. Clients include Inspira Health Network, Premier Orthopedics, Eye Associates, Capital Bank of NJ, Holiday Inn Express, Caterpillar, Lucca Cold Storage and the Mullica Hill Group

Michelle DiLello for Michael Graves & Associates
Susan Grant Lewin Associates

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