Redesign of Brace Busters & Appel Orthodontics

From kids to adults, the family is a huge part of great orthodontic care. Brace Busters & Appel Orthodontics are separate children’s orthodontics practices servicing the Greater Philadelphia area — each with their own specialty and unique clientele. In 2014, both orthodontics businesses agreed to share a large warehouse building space at 211 Geiger Lane in northeast Philadelphia. Charles Matsinger Associates, a full-service architectural firm, was hired along with engineers at Wick Fisher White and construction managers Wolfe Scott Associates to handle the buildout and design of the 18,000-square-foot building. The existing building featured high ceilings and large open spaces one would expect from a former warehouse. Stephen Whaley, shareholder and interior designer for Charles Matsinger Associates, said his firm was hired to create a joint, contiguous practice that stands out from ordinary orthodontics offices. And because the flooring is the foundation for any design project, Whaley said selecting the appropriate type of flooring product to use in the space was an important part of achieving the desired design aesthetic.
The goal was to design a space that seamlessly melded both practices together — but also showcased unique design elements of each practice, such as the unique car collection that faces the entire length of Brace Busters’ treatment area. To achieve this, with the client’s direction, Whaley developed a seascape color scheme for the interior finishes, and murals of sea life and beach themes created by local artists adorned the walls of each practice. Adding even more to the design, the high ceilings of the warehouse were painted black, and circular white lighting pieces were hung to resemble clouds floating above. And in an effort to further enhance the seascape theme, luxury vinyl tile flooring that looked like a weathered boardwalk was installed to complete the look.
To achieve this weathered-looking hard surface, Whaley said he considered a variety of wood-look luxury vinyl flooring products, but one product stood out over and above the competition -- he selected Feathered Oak luxury vinyl plank, from Parterre’s Vertu collection - for the nearly 5,000 square feet throughout the space — including the open areas filled with dental chairs, in private exam rooms, shared office space, corridors, and common spaces for lab sterilization.
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