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  Family Practice Center, Page 60Family Practice Center
Architect 
Ruble Mamura Moss Brygger 
401 Douglas Street, #500A, Sioux City, IA 51102


Location: 
Sioux City, Iowa
Total Square Feet: 35,933
Construction Period: May 1997 to July 1998

Construction Team
General Contractor: Chris Hansen Construction - 1700 Riverside Blvd., Sioux City, IA 51109
Structural Engineer: Kirkham Michael Consulting Engineers - 9110 West Dodge Rd., Omaha, NE 68124
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Associated Consulting Engineers - 110 East 12th St., Sioux Falls, SD 57104
Cost Estimator: Ruble Mamura Moss Brygger - 401 Douglas St., #500A, Sioux City, IA 51102


The Family Practice Center serves a dual function. In addition to being a medical clinic, this building serves as a teaching facility for Family Practice residents. The building is owned by Siouxland Medical Education Foundation, Inc. and is Western Iowa's only family practice residency facility.

The Family Practice Center's exterior design references prairie school elements. Some of these elements include the horizontal bands, brick detailing, and high vertical windows, which allow narrow bands of natural light into the stair towers. The prairie school design is a regional style and was popular locally with the turn of the century architect William Steele. The pergolas are the symmetrical covered walkways that link the main entrance with the adjacent parking. The exposed structural elements along with the colonnade blend interior and exterior spaces, which provide a personal sense of scale as you approach the building. A translucent porte-cochere extends over the waiting area to provide volume, soft sunlight and an inviting entrance.

The interior design was developed in close collaboration with the doctors, nurses and other personnel. The design of the lobby utilizes brick, wood, porcelain tile and compliments the exterior. The pattern in the tile, which has a stone appearance, provides consistent lines and a large contrast of color. The second floor is designed to provide a warm working environment and allow the faculty to be completely accessible. The large open office area has high clerestory windows, which allows light inside. The same design quality created in the lobby and office area was continued throughout both public and patient spaces. Ruble Mamura Moss Brygger developed a two-pod system, which allows each team to provide more personal attention to the patient. The lab and procedure area provide increased efficiency, maximize patient dignity and privacy. Using the local influence and by designing creatively, the building is successfully serving the needs of the physicians, residents and patients.

Manufacturers/Suppliers
Exterior Walls - Brick: Sioux City Brick.
Roof - Skylight: Skywall Translucent Systems; Metal Door Frames: Steelcraft.
Floors - Sheet Vinyl: Armstrong; VCT: Tarkett, Mannington; Carpet: J & J Commercial.
Interior Walls - Corner Guards: CD Group; Wood Doors: Alagoma Hardwoods, Inc.
Elevators - Otis.


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