By RITA DUCKWORTH
A new dental facility on Illinois Route 157 in Edwardsville is one of the latest design/build projects for Plocher Construction of Highland.
The facility will house new offices for two separate dental care practices: BauerHite Orthodontics and Southern Illinois Pediatric Dentists. The design was provided by Hurford Architects of Glen Carbon. Edwardsville’s Thouvenot, Wade, and Moerchen handled the civil engineering.
“It’s really like two separate projects,” says Plocher Project Manager Rachelle Lengermann. “Even though they’re in one building, the two practices are completely different types of spaces. The layouts are different and they’re using different interior finishes and materials.”
BauerHite Orthodontics’ half of the building will have spaces unique to the orthodontic industry. There will be a sterilization room, a lab, and a separate printing room for 3D printing. The plans call for some enclosed treatment rooms and others that will be open with half wall dividers. “They’ll have some fun areas, too,” says Lengermann. “There’s a brushing station and a gaming area where kids can hang out and play games while they wait.”
By contrast, the Southern Illinois Pediatric Dentistry side of the building will be much like a typical dental practice. “Dental practices have a lot more plumbing because of equipment that requires water and drains,” explains Lengermann. The design reflects the current trends for kid-friendly practices. In addition to private and semi-private treatment rooms, there will be a gaming and play areas for the young patients.
The single-story, 10,000 square-foot development is subject to PUD (Planned Unit Development) regulations with the city of Edwardsville. It is designed to blend in with the adjacent residential area. “It’s a full masonry building with a mixture of brick and stone on all four sides. It will have a gabled roof to comply with the PUD,” says Lengermann.
The project began in early December 2018 and will be done at the end of June 2019. “The site has been sloppy this winter,” says Lengermann, “but the guys are making some great progress. We’ve pushed through the cold and snow and are still on schedule.”
By RITA DUCKWORTH