University of Georgia

Client: University of Georgia
Location: Athens, GA

A Revolutionary Concept
Student Health Elevated UGA’s recently completed $17 million expansion and renovation to their comprehensive student health services facility will make it one the largest in the nation. MMA was commissioned to identify various alternatives to help meet growing demand and to develop a whole new image for one the most important emerging East Campus gateways. MMA developed detailed conceptual options. MMA resynthesized and corrected detailed space programming prepared by a previous architect.

The University of Georgia Student Health Center is a $17 million student center, completed on time and on budget. 110,000 square foot comprehensive health services facility comprised of office-based, ambulatory and outpatient care environments and is JCAHO certified. According to Dr. Jean Chin, MD, MBA, Director: “JMD solved what we thought was an unsolvable problem”. JMD’s scope formulation, budgeting and programming accuracies yielded a final deviation of only 200 sf from the original conceptual phase program prepared by JMD.

MMA has set itself apart from all other design firms with its depth, breadth, and critique of evidence-based literature. As hospitals grow incrementally over time, healthcare needs, coupled with site limitations present new and unique challenges for every expansion. Many large hospital spaces are not designed or used as effectively as they could be.

Wayfinding clarity, discreet mental health and health promotion settings and built-in ability to expand are several hallmarks of the new design. New and improved fast track and emergent care functionality, security, quality control and error reduction objectives in key clinical settings were several core design prerequisites. Environments improve staff morale, utilization and efficiency, customer satisfaction and are great places to work. The Women’s Clinic Nurse Manager said it best: ‘The renovations are functionally perfect’.


Architectural Design
Preliminary Design
Schematic Design
Interior Design
Design Development
Construction Documentation
Construction Administration

HCD Expo + Conference

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

We’re going to be at the Healtcare Design Expo + Conference and would like to meet with you. We’re working with a variety of medical & healthcare clients across the US and given the opportunity, would like to show you what we can do.


November 2019

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During his tenure at the New Jersey Institute of Technology and after earning his Bachelor of Architecture, Tom has spent close to Thirty Years in planning, design, construction and contract administration for a wide range of large and small-scale projects. He joined the company in early 1997 and as one of MMA’s Principals, he has been responsible for overseeing the growth and success of the educational design studio for the last two decades. His responsibilities include contract generation, establishing budgets for hard and soft costs, design consultant coordination, and overseeing construction administration and project close-out. Tom attributes his success to his attention to detail, and his ability to work effectively with all stakeholders.