When residential developer Raydient Places + Properties envisioned the planned Wildlight community in Nassau County, Florida, they reimagined a place that supported healthier lifestyles with improved quality of life, a more proactive approach to health and wellness and ultimately healthier residents. University of Florida Health (UF Health) was selected by the developer at the outset of the project to drive health and wellness programming, and to provide medical and wellness services, to this mixed-use community. The first of several UF Health facilities at Wildlight, UF Health at Wildlight Ambulatory Care Center will introduce leading-edge, holistic medical services to the region. Gresham Smith’s sustainable design solution expresses Florida Lowcountry character and culture while embodying UF Health and the developer’s goals for creating a healthy community.

Client

UF Health

Location

Yulee, FL

Project Type

Healthcare

Accolades

Showcase

43k

square-foot medical office building

2

stories

1

stop-shop for community's healthcare needs

A New Era in Community Healthcare

A New Era in Community Healthcare

Although the concept of a community ambulatory care center isn’t new, the considerations within the design are anything but typical. The ACC goes beyond diagnostic and treatment spaces to deliver patient-centered programs that support wellness, prevention and early diagnosis. As part of a larger community that promotes health, the facility will include group therapy and education space; a “walk-with-your-doc” trail that circles the site and links to miles of trails throughout the community; a children’s outdoor exercise and play yard; a wellness center; and a central activity garden with recreational amenities.
A Design That Aligns

A Design That Aligns

The facility’s clinical services were selected by UF Health to directly respond to the community’s healthcare needs—from primary care and urgent care, to pediatrics, obstetrics, lab and imaging, dentistry and behavioral health. Gresham Smith worked closely with UF Health, leaning into our decades of planning experience to develop an innovative clinic design that aligns with these services.
Embracing Current & Future Technology

Embracing Current & Future Technology

Our design incorporates telemedicine infrastructure throughout the building, including all provider offices and exam rooms as well as a group therapy room. This forward-thinking approach not only supports the ACC’s current programs, but also allows the facility to quickly adapt to changing technologies within the next decade. To allow for telepsychiatry, the facility’s psychiatry offices were designed for acoustic separation from the rest of the building to assure patient privacy.
Capturing the Spirit of Florida Lowcountry

Capturing the Spirit of Florida Lowcountry

While the programs serve as the heart of UF Health’s response to the region’s healthcare needs, the building’s distinctive exterior serves as a landmark face for this new community. Wildlight’s design standards called for an architecture that embraces the North Florida habitat and lifestyle. The term “Florida Lowcountry” was coined to describe connections to nature, history and the community. Working within the design guidelines, we developed an architecture that not only relates to the emerging development, but also reflects UF Health’s commitment to providing the highest level of care.
A New Sense of Place for the Community

A New Sense of Place for the Community

Promoting wellness and providing easy access to preventive medicine, Wildlight is now slated to become a national model for healthier communities. With UF Health’s ambulatory care center at its core—fitting into the vision of a healthier community and an architectural style that evokes the outdoors and front-porch-friendly living—a new sense of place will replace a former greenfield site where there used to be no there there.

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Rick Bouchereau AIA, LEED AP
Rick Bouchereau AIA, LEED AP
Principal