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  El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Clinic, Page 46El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Clinic
2102 N. Country Club Road, Ste. 9, Tucson, AZ 85716

Tucson, Arizona
Total Square Feet: 11,900
Construction Period: Dec 2003 to June 2004

STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Turner Structural Engineering, Inc. - 3026 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: BFL Construction Co., Inc. - 700 East Broadway, #200, Tucson, AZ 85719
ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Advantech Facility Design, Inc. - 3280 E. Hemisphere Loop, #110, Tucson, AZ 85706
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Landmark Engineering, Inc. - 3845 N. Business Center Dr., #107, Tucson, AZ 85705

The mission of El Rio Community Health Center of Tucson, Arizona is to provide quality, comprehensive and culturally sensitive health care in an atmosphere of respect and dignity for patients and staff. Through direct services, advocacy, and education this organization strives to improve the health and well being of the community and currently serves more than 70,000 people in Tucson. Many depend on this agency as their regular source of medical care and have come to rely on the sensitivity of the staff and the distinctively "pro-patient" character of each facility.

El Rio#s commitment to providing high quality health care to the community is reflected in the substantial and distinctive architecture of their latest facility, the Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center. The final design was a collaborative effort between El Rio Health Center, CDG Architects and BFL Construction, Co. Inc. CDG and BFL have partnered on more than 30 medical projects - this long-term partnership has been essential to the success of recent El Rio projects. CDG Architects conducted an extensive program analysis in close concert with El Rio to determine the specific needs of staff and patients, including desired organization of physical spaces, privacy levels, safety concerns addressed by current medical codes, and security. BFL Construction contributed cost-aware suggestions for materials, construction systems and facility equipment. This team oriented Design/Build approach is effective in keeping costs low, keeping the Client informed of daily decisions and identifying problematic issues early in the design process.

Designed for an urban site on the northwest side of Tucson, this masonry building is bold and contemporary in appearance. Two "tower" structures with dramatic curved metal roofs, visible from anywhere on this city block, call out the building's multiple entrances. The exterior of the building is striking in its use of bright paint colors with stucco-finished walls. Contemporary iron detailing is strategically placed to enhance interest in the facade's bold massing. A decorative and functional screen wall, with visual openings onto the parking area, draws visitors into the sheltered entryway. This shaded, lushly landscaped space serves three entrances to the building (one for Pediatrics, one to the Lab and Pharmacy, and one to Internal Medicine) and provides a safe and comfortable overflow waiting area out of doors that is both protected from the hot desert sun and convenient to the respective reception desks.

This clinic was designed to contribute to the comfort and convenience of visitors and staff alike.

One entrance is provided designed for each physician specialty group in order to simplify circulation into and within the facility. Centralized reception desks and nurses' stations allow the Pediatrics and the Internal Medicine departments to share resources and contribute to more efficient, effective workflow. The Pharmacy and laboratory services are also centrally located and have a separate exterior entrance. Reception Staff can easily direct patients to this location, which contains waiting space and a private consultation area. This approach contributes to a more organized flow of services and reduces patient waiting areas for medical offices. Exam rooms in each wing are organized in "pods" - three exam rooms to each doctor - and a nurses' desk is located adjacent to each pod. The Pediatrics department has been provided a separate isolation entrance from the exterior. Patients coming to the facility with the possibility of contagious illnesses are swiftly brought to this removed area complete with separ te toilet facilities and hand washing sink.

CDG Architects and BFL Construction are proud to have partnered with El Rio Santa Cruz Neighborhood Health Center to develop a cost-effective, attractive and functional facility that allows for the expansion of much needed health care services in the community.

DIV 08:
Entrances: SW Aluminum; Doors: Curries.
DIV 09: Paint: Dunn Edwards; Ceramic Tile: Crossville; Grout: Mapei.

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