RIDGEWOOD, NJ — When Ridgewood Orthopedic Group, LLC purchased the remaining space in its building at 85 South Maple Ave. in Ridgewood four years ago, it had a vision to infuse its brand into an attractive, patient-friendly environment. This fall will see the full implementation of that plan, designed by Poskanzer Skott Architects (PSA), with the practice’s expansion to occupy the entire, 11,700 s/f property.
Practice administrator Teresa Leidner said, “As precursors to this final phase of expansion, we already had worked with Poskanzer Skott to complete two smaller renovations. Now we are eager to get started on this final chapter.”The redesigned second floor will be anchored by an updated entry lobby and a new patient waiting area, which will feature three glass walls and distinct check-in and check-out areas. The PSA design also incorporates enhanced workspaces for Ridgewood Orthopedics’ 40-member clinical and administrative team, a private office suite for its doctors, a new business office and a call center. The project has been carefully choreographed to enable uninterrupted patient care during the construction.
“Staging is always an important consideration in healthcare design,” said Barry Poskanzer, AIA. “Projects typically involve the challenge of shifting work from one occupied area to another. In this case, we can renovate the vacant portion of the second floor before breaking through to the existing operation. Ridgewood Orthopedics will be able to serve patients in the expansion while updating and modernizing the existing section.”
“It is imperative that the architect and client be in sync in order to create an environment that enhances their approach to providing care,” he said.
“In the case of Ridgewood Orthopedics, the doctors and staff are specialists who value comfort and close relationships among patients, clinicians and practice management. The new office will foster this positive interaction while reinforcing their identity as one of the region’s top orthopedic practices.”