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  El Rio Dental Clinic, Page 40El Rio Dental Clinic

CDG Architects, LTD.
2102 N. Country Club Road, #9, Tucson, AZ 85716

Tucson, Arizona
Total Square Feet: 9,405
Construction Period: May 2003 to Nov 2003

structural EnginEEr: Turner Structural Engineering, Inc. - 3026 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716 
gEnEral contractor: BFl Construction Co., inc. - 700 E. Broadway, Tucson, AZ 85719 
ElEctrical EnginEEr: Advantech Facility Design - 3280 E. Hemisphere Loop, #110, Tucson, AZ 85706 
MEchanical EnginEEr: Professional Engineering and Technology - 4500 E. Speedway, #20, Tucson, AZ 85712

CDG Architects has been providing architectural and master planning services for El Rio Community Health Center more than 15 years and continues to support this organization's mission' providing underserved communities in Tucson, Arizona with high quality, patient-centered health care facilities. Many depend on this agency as their regular source of medical care and have come to rely on the distinctively "propatient" character of each facility and the sensitivity of the staff.

This most recent development, a free-standing dental clinic, places a state-of-the-art facility on an existing neighborhood Health Center campus, located in a rapidly growing community south of Tucson. The new clinic addresses the population growth and is expected to allow for approximately 20,000 new patients once fully operational. It was developed as a Design/Build project, a collaboration between the El Rio facilities managers, BFL Construction, a long-time Tucson general contracting firm, and CDG Architects.

CDG facilitated an extensive program analysis with El Rio staff members to determine the specific needs of managers, staff, and patients. The desired sizes and uses of physical spaces, circulation and connection patterns, privacy levels, health and safety code concerns, and building security were determined through discussion and examination. The El Rio emphasis on patient advocacy suffused the design development process, resulting in a building program tailored to meet their specific needs. BFL Construction contributed cost-aware suggestions: low maintenance construction materials, simplified construction systems and energy-efficient facility equipment. The team-oriented Design/Build approach was effective for all concerned parties, resolving issues early in the development process, keeping Owner costs low, and maintaining efficient design and construction schedules.

Designed to compliment the existing clinic, this new building provides visual continuity using the same masonry color, type, and pattern, similar massing and a comparably unique roof design. It is distinguished from the existing facility using a bold, arched, brightly-colored frontispiece which also serves as an attractive sign wall for the building. Windows are "punched in" to the facade, as characteristic in the southwest, to maximize natural light, where feasible, while minimizing heat gain.

The building is contemporary, with a very down-to-earth, functional appearance. The waiting room was designed to feel very open and spacious, using angular walls and high ceilings to create volume. Three large windows, placed at street level, are glazed with mirrored glass to minimize heat gain, provide visual continuity with the out-of-doors and again create a feeling of open space.

This clinic was designed to contribute to the comfort and convenience of visitors and staff alike. Circulation is clear and efficient, clients enter at the waiting area and exit past the reception desk where their paperwork is processed. Administrative functions are grouped together to encourage communication and close proximity for combined functions between departments. The laboratory, sterile area and x-ray lab are centrally located to be convenient for use by all of the professional staff.

CDG Architects and BFL Construction are proud to have partnered with El Rio Community Health Center to develop a cost-effective, substantial, and attractive clinic, in the spirit of its mission to provide much needed health care services in the Tucson area.

DIV 08:
Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: SW Aluminum; Hardware: Curries.
DIV 09: VCT: Congoleum; Base: Roppe; Paint: Dunn Edwards.

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