Wellness Center at Bayou Bend

The new Bayou Bend Wellness Center provides the town of Franklin and surrounding St. Mary Parish with a comprehensive, modern medical wellness facility that combines diagnosis, treatment, therapy, and preventative fitness opportunities for an aging population.

The wellness center is located next to an existing clinic and shares a campus with an existing critical access hospital. The structure includes physical therapy and cardiac rehabilitation areas, an integrated fitness center, an aquatics center with locker rooms, and an 8,000-square-foot conference center with a food service component that is scalable for meetings, conferences and special events. The conference center also features a porch that provides an open-air breakout spaces.

Grace Hebert Curtis Architects was careful to honor the client’s budget, vision and preferences while delivering a beautiful, functional facility that is unique to and reflective of the community it serves. Rather than feeling institutional, both the hospitality-inspired interior and exterior are designed to welcome and relax users, reducing patient anxiety and providing a pleasant and energizing workspace for staff.

The broad window wall makes a bold architectural statement and allows natural light to filter deep into the single-story building. This iconic feature also accomplishes the client’s goal of developing a local landmark that attracts both patients and gym/aquatic center members, while also serving as a pride point for the community for decades to come.

As the lifecycle cost of the building was very important to the client, all interior finishes are durable yet easy-to-clean to help mitigate infection risks and to avoid frequent damage and repairs. The aquatic center in particular includes equipment, hardware, flooring and wall finishes that are designed for corrosive environments. Less future maintenance will ultimately translate into less waste and a lower carbon footprint.

Grace Hebert Curtis Architects worked collaboratively with project stakeholders to ensure the ideal building layout and flow of operations. The team also completed site development and planning to ensure existing hospital utilities would not be disturbed during the wellness center’s construction and that the finished project would have minimal impact on hospital operations.

Project Size: 62,000 square feet

Location: Franklin, LA

Completed: 2023

Feature Window Wall

With floor to ceiling windows, this facility provides ample natural light, offering patients a rejuvenating and tranquil environment to pursue their wellness goals. The statement window wall also helps put the wellness center on the map as a iconic architectural showpiece for the area.

Inviting Environment

High-end hospitality-inspired features are utilized throughout, creating an inviting ambiance designed to disarm patients and visitors while also energizing staff.

Designed To Fuel Recovery

Thoughtfully furnished and designed to address each patient's distinct needs, brightly lit physical therapy spaces cultivate an uplifting atmosphere that fuels patients through their path to recovery.

Scalable Multipurpose Venue

The conference room is elegantly designed with multipurpose in mind. The versatile venue can accommodate small meetings to larger conferences and special events. With classic blue accents, specialized lighting, and adjoining outdoor space, it is an ideal space for a variety of gatherings.

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