Motion Analysis Lab and Community Sports Medicine Program Relocation
Mayo Clinic’s Motion Analysis Lab supports clinical and research activities focused on studying how patients move, from children with cystic fibrosis to diabetic adults and professional athletes. To satisfy the diverse needs of three different user groups in the same building space, Mayo Clinic worked with BWBR to design a three-floor renovation within the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center. By moving the Motion Analysis Lab out of the Charlton Building and modifying the space occupied by the Healthy Living Program, BWBR helped the Motion Analysis team meet highly specific requirements through very small tolerance levels.
The focal point of the Motion Analysis Lab is the Gait Lab, where five force plates embedded in the floor and eleven infra-red high-speed cameras map the movement of patients as they walk, run, or throw. To isolate the Gait Lab’s force plates from the existing building structure, substantial structural modifications were required, including reinforcement and a raised concrete slab. The Motion Analysis Lab also features a treadmill lab to teach patients with new prosthetics, leg braces, or joint replacements how to walk with their new equipment in a safe environment.
Additionally, the renovation condenses Healthy Living Program office and support areas onto one floor, while replacing existing spaces with programs that better align with department and client needs. Phase II consolidates the Sports Medicine Program, bringing all program components together under one roof and including three procedure rooms, eleven exam rooms, and support spaces that improve efficiency for both staff and patients.
Size: 23,000 sq. ft.
Components: Gait Lab with eleven infra-red high-speed cameras and five force plates capable of measuring down to 1/1,000th of a pound of force; treadmill lab; renovated lobby featuring furniture and amenities to serve patients of all ages and conditions
Completion: 2017 (phase I); 2018 (phase II)