We constructed and helped design a beautiful new dental office on scenic Highway 84.

Creekwood Dental – Waco, Texas

Project Description

We were awarded the contract and partnered with architect Jane Kittner to design and build a that could truly be called a work of art. The plot of land is located on the banks of creek channel, so the goal was preserving and capturing lovely views of the waterway and surrounding wooded areas. In the spirit of this natural conservation, the facility was also constructed utilizing many green building techniques. It has a double roof deck with air space roof system with “Cool Roof” shingles, spray foam insulation under floor, walls, and roof, clerestory windows for natural lighting, low VOC paints, high efficiency HVAC systems with photocatalytic filter systems, high efficiency lighting, and dual flush water closets for water conservation. This building is also set up so that all nonessential electrical powered items and water supply to the building is shut off each evening and on weekends for further conservation measures. All rainwater is captured from the roof drainage system and is stored in an on-site storage tank. Water is then recycled for landscaping and lawn irrigation purposes.

Because of the geographic area, the property contains a strong slope, presenting several challenges for our team. Since the building was to be located in the center of the plot, with landscaping leading downhill to the creek, little room was left for crews to get equipment in and out, to work and for vehicle parking during construction. In addition, the architect chose a split-level design for the sloping site, meaning all exterior construction was completed with unusual ground conditions, requiring special equipment for safe access to these areas. The foundation is a combination of slab on grade and wood floor trusses. Standard wood frame construction was used with brick/stone veneer, EIFS, and shingle roofing. Interior finishes consist of sheetrock walls that are painted or covered with vinyl wall coverings.

Another obstacle we faced was the project’s tight schedule. To continue scheduling patient appointments, Dr. Donna Miller and Dr. Michelle Hinds needed to be able to set a specific day far in advance to move into the new medical facility. Most of the dental equipment that was being installed in this building were new, but a portion of the existing dental equipment from the previous location was to be relocated to the new location. Planning the process of disassembly, relocation and re-installation of this equipment, without interrupting patient care was quite a challenge. However, the schedule was met and the dentists were able to see their patients we as scheduled.

The goal of providing a relaxing, luxury atmosphere for patients was achieved. Floors are carpet, seamless vinyl flooring, or ceramic tile, and millwork is stained with granite tops and large plate glass windows offer stunning views of the creek area. Because of this, Dr. Miller even decided to change her practice’s name from Miller Dental to Creekwood Dental. The facility has expanded resources to meet patients’ needs, with ten dental operatory chairs installed with provisions for two additional chairs, labs, workrooms, waiting room, toilets, and offices.

All work done on behalf of Creekwood Dental was completed on-schedule and in-budget.

Fast Facts

  • Delivery Method: CSP
  • Size: 5,000 SF
  • Start Date: January 2010
  • End Date: October 2010
  • Project Type: New Construction


Client Contact:
Dr. Donna Miller & Dr. Michelle Hinds
Building Owners
Creekwood Dental

Architect Contact:
Jane Kittner. AIA, LEED AP, BD+C – Architect
Kitner & Pate Design Associates