Back in 2008, Lower Bucks Pediatrics (LBP) was a successful pediatric practice quickly outgrowing its cramped rental office space in Yardley, Bucks County, PA. The practice, led by Dr. Auren Weinberg, set out to find a large enough location to accommodate its growing needs when they found a nearby site in Yardley that could be transformed into a small office park. Owned by Matrix Development Group, the new site allowed for three new office buildings and parking. Matrix and LBP entered into a build-to-suit agreement to develop the new headquarters for Lower Bucks Pediatrics, which was completed in Fall 2011.
The project consists of a new two-story, 12,000 SF medical office building. The first floor contains 6,000 SF of clinical space, including 20 exam rooms, assessment areas, lab, triage, and separate sick and well waiting rooms. The second floor contains 4,500 SF of administrative staff and support space, with the remaining rear portion designed for future expansion. The exterior design reflects the traditional rural architecture of the local Bucks county area, with pitched shingled roofs, synthetic wood siding walls and gables, wood trim, and stone.
Early into the project, Dr. Weinberg expressed his commitment to creating a "green building". Through a collaborative team effort led by BartonPartners, the project was awarded LEED Certification November, 2012. "We are grateful to BartonPartners for their hard work in achieving the LEED Certification. Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification establishes guidelines for energy, lighting, water and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community. It was important to Lower Bucks Pediatrics, PC, because of the positive impact our building makes on our community."
The practice in its new building was so successful BartonPartners recently designed additional clinical space within the second floor expansion space. This will add 10 additional exam rooms, lab, assessment areas, and physician office space. Construction is scheduled to be complete by August.