Couple ‘Peaked Out’ on Physical Therapy in Redmond


med_exterior1_copy2Suzanne and Andrew Knox knew exactly what they wanted when it came time to design their new physical therapy facilities on the rapidly developing north entry into Redmond at the intersection of Fifth Street and Greenwood Avenue.

They envisioned a quality facility that was light and bright with an open floor plan and a small therapy pool that opened off the gymnasium. They also wanted convenient and comfortable lockers and showers for lunch hour patients who wanted treatment and then could return to work.

Most of all, they wanted a quality environment that was professional in appearance, both inside and outside the front door with some room to grow with an average of 700-800 patient visits per month.

“We don’t have an assembly-line approach to wellness,” Andrew said. “There are no aids or assistants. We’ve always been a low-volume clinic where a patient can book an hour of therapy and spend the full hour with a therapist. Our clinic had to reflect this philosophy.”

Today, the 6,000 square foot offices, therapy rooms, gym and adjoining therapy pool that comprise Peak Performance Physical Therapy are just what the doctor ordered in terms of convenience, comfort and styling with an emphasis on wellness and personal attention.

Havniear Construction of Bend teamed with Woody Dow of Med-Space and MSS Engineers in creating a complete wellness center for pre and post operative patients with the emphasis on physical therapy.

The office sits parallel to Fifth Street with a formal entry on the north side of the building off Greenwood Avenue and completes the medical campus with neighboring Central Oregon Family Medicine, another quality Havniear Construction project.

The board and batten exterior coupled with cultured stone accent base and four-column post entry way includes four storefront windows at the north and east sides of the building. A new sidewalk, tree wells and white maple trees offer an attractive streetscape on the busy Fifth Street side of the building.

The interior includes a formal waiting area with fireplace, a large reception desk and work station that receives ample natural lighting from the four strategically-positioned windows and a children’s play area that was cleverly designed under the stairwell.

The children’s play area is a cool cubbyhole complete with a HDTV flat panel on the wall and bean bag chairs for the kids who will think they are playing in an indoor fortress.

The men’s and women’s restrooms include showers and lockers with a dressing area for patients who visit on a lunch break and want to get back to work quickly and the entire front office is all decked in smart maple trim.

Peak Performance is the oldest private practice in Redmond with Wayne Walker opening the first physical therapy clinic in town in 1985. Suzanne and Andrew Knox purchased the practice in February 2001 and expanded the manual physical therapy to include therapeutic exercise and aquatic physical therapy as a complete wellness center.

They expanded from a small office on Highland Avenue to a 2,700 square foot space on Fir Avenue and then took the plunge into new facilities in Redmond and a satellite office in the South Y Building in Madras this year.

The couple has spent 10 years in physical rehabilitation and has been married for eight years. The Peak Performance staff in Redmond includes four fulltime therapists, one part-time therapist and three office managers who handle appointments, scheduling, finances, billings and medical outsourcing.

“About 90 percent of our business is referral or direct access to independent physicians,” Andrew said.

The interior color scheme includes warm, earth tone colors and the attractive exterior is birdhouse brown with a mix of green and red undertones for a professional look.

The gym includes a hydra circuit system, cardio equipment and an expanding free weight system under a 26-foot high ceiling with exposed trusses for a neat industrial look. The adjoining warm water therapy pool with temperature consistently at 92 degrees presented the biggest challenge for Havniear Construction superintendent Dave Jasper.

“The pool sits on a solid basalt shelf,” Jasper said, “which means we had to jack hammer four to six feet deeper and wider than the original plans for the pool and then fill in and shape the pool.”

But the extra effort was worth the end result if you ask Suzanne Knox.

“We get more compliments on the pool than anything else at the clinic,” she said. “Everyone loves it. It is my favorite part of the building. The slate tile and the automatic cover are very stylish, and as far as I know, we are the only therapy clinic offering this type of service.”

There is a circulating HVAC system that eliminates any chlorine smell or musty odors and the salt-generating filtration system helps to prevent skin problems.

In the end, Peak Performance Physical Therapy adds a strong presence to the north Redmond streetscape while complimenting the medical campus.

“The overall presentation is just outstanding,” Jasper said. “The street presentation, texture and colors of exterior materials and the landscaping along Fifth Street really add to the campus effect.”

Peak Performance Physical Therapy

Developer: Blue Sky Properties

Structural & Civil Engineer: MSS Engineers

Interior Design: Woody Dow, Med-Space

Contractor: Havniear Construction

Project Manager: Scott Christiansen

Superintendent: Dave Jasper

Financing: Columbia River Bank

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