Occupational Health Center
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Architect Hardy-Holzman-Pfieffer
Location Columbus, Indiana   map
Date 1974 to 1977   timeline
Building Type health center
 Construction System glass and metal
Climate temperate
Style Modern




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Discussion Occupational Health Center Commentary

“The health center serves Cummins Engine with a design based on a configuration of open, semi-open, and closed spaces defined by two overlapping geometric grids. Closed, private activities are set around the building’s perimeter in the outer grid, which is finished in black glass. Open, public activities are set within the internal grid, whose edges delineate separate public and staff circulation; these paths are outlined above by skylights. Brightly colored mechanical and structural systems accentuate the building’s various layers. The surrounding landscape can be seen from throughout the center, and at night the building’s transparent walls make the interior clearly visible from the outside.”

— Mildred F Schmertz. Hardy Holtzman Pfeiffer Associates: Buildings and Projects. p244.

Sources on Occupational Health Center

Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. overlapping units diagram, p166. clustering diagram, p201. — Updated edition available at

Paul Heyer. American Architecture: Ideas and Ideologies in the Late Twentieth Century. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1993. NA2750.H48 1993. LC 92-18415. axonometric drawing, p48. drawing by Robert Mangurian.

Mildred F. Schmertz. Hardy Holtzman Pfeiffer Associates: Buildings and Projects, 1967-1992. Preface by Micheal Sorkin; building discriptions by Nicholas Polites; Kate Norment, ed. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1992. Exterior photo of building, p46. Interior photo of waiting area, p47. text, p244. site plan drawing, f3, p46.  Find books about Occupational Health Center


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