Casey Health Institute

The Eugene B. Casey Building, originally built in 1990, is the new home of the Casey Health Institute, an Integrative Health Center in Gaithersburg, Maryland.  In preparation for the opening of this innovative method of health care delivery, the building and its systems were entirely modernized.  Existing tenant interiors were completely gutted and replaced with a state of the art medical office space including yoga studios, massage rooms, and unique collaborative areas.  At the same time, the existing HVAC system was converted from perimeter fan coil units to a VAV system with hydronic heat requiring a complete replacement of all equipment in the mechanical plant. All this work was accomplished while the building was occupied with existing tenants in place under continuing leases.

The Challenge

Development of the Casey Health Institute required an immense planning effort by the practice’s founders. Along with a team of health care professionals they traveled the country researching a broad range of sustainable models of Integrative Medicine and settled on a medical and business model that combined the most innovative and forward thinking practices they encountered. While the date to open the practice was fixed, research into the best way to create the best physical environment continued. With limited funds from a non-profit foundation to create CHI, the founders needed to stay within budget but make decisions quickly so the new work could be designed and installed in time to meet the opening date.

Building Specs

  • Architect: HOK
  • Cost: not disclosed
  • Size: 75,000 SF
  • Schedule: 4 months