Rio Community Health Center Southeast Clinic|
CDG Architects, Ltd.
2102 N. Country Club Road, #9, Tucson, AZ 85716
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date Bid: Nov 2008 Construction Period: Jan 2009 to Aug
Total Square Feet: 14,000 Site: 1.32 acres. Number of
Building Size: First floor, 14,000; total, 14,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 18’; total, 18’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Type V-B/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: EIFS:
Outsulation system. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
LEED® Points Achieved
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environmental Quality
Innovation Design Process
Structural Engineer: Turner Structural Engineering - 3026 North
Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716
General Contractor: Chestnut Construction Corporation - 2127 E.
Speedway, #101, Tucson, AZ 85719
Mechanical Engineer: PH Mechanical Engineering - 1660 N. Alvernon
Way, Tucson, AZ 85712
Electrical Engineer: Bowden Engineering, Inc. - 7337 E. Tanque
Verde Road, Tucson, AZ 85715
Commissioning Agent: Adams and Associates Engineers PLLC - 4067
East Grant Road, #200, Tucson, AZ 85712
El Rio Community Health Center is at the forefront of healthcare trends,
offering quality care for underserved, low-income patients. Since 1970,
many have depended on this agency as their primary source of medical
care and have come to rely on the distinctively "pro-patient" character
of their facilities. El Rio continuously works to exceed industry
standards for preventive and chronic care.
In 2007, an El Rio Board decision expanded the organization's definition
of "community wellness" to include sustainable and environmentally
responsible clinic facilities and work environments. The Board is
carrying out this decision by building sustainable clinics that consume
fewer local resources such as electric power and potable water, utilize
local and recycled building materials, use energy-efficient building
design and heating/cooling technologies and plant water-sensitive
landscapes. The Southeast Clinic is their first LEED® Silver certified
clinic, also the first of its kind in Tucson, Arizona.
El Rio expresses their concern for staff and client welfare within the
"fabric" of their buildings. Abundant natural light was introduced
through careful placement of windows with respect to the Arizona sun and
roof overhangs. "Solatubes" were used to bring natural light into
hallways; clear transom windows at the exam rooms allow this light into
the rooms for the benefit of both clients and staff. Arizona facilities
managers continuously evaluate their approach to cooling systems for the
comfort of building users. The balance between the up-front cost of
high-efficiency cooling units and the desire to lower utility fees is
ongoing. El Rio selects its equipment based on experience with unit
longevity and ease of maintenance. Mechanical system decisions were
carefully coordinated between the design team consultants to ensure that
rating of the units, the zoning design and the distribution of heat
producing light fixtures result in maximum efficiency. Tucson Electric
Power awarded El Rio a grant of 54 photovoltaic panels for the building
that will provide nearly 5% of the building's annual energy cost. The
inverter is now on display in the entrance court so that patrons can see
that renewable energy is part of El Rio's commitment to the health of
The success of El Rio is due in large part to cost-aware decisions made
by facilities managers and maintenance staff. El Rio facilities are used
intensively and finish materials have been carefully selected to be easy
for maintenance staff to clean and sturdy enough to withstand
substantial wear and tear. Colored concrete floors were used to bear up
under heavy lobby traffic. Graffiti-proof finishes were provided at
public restrooms. For the Southeast Clinic, staff elected to use high
quality, LEED-responsive systems furniture for workstations; these types
of furnishings are sturdy, long lasting and flexible enough for today's
changing work environment.
El Rio is eager to continue to develop new facilities that reinforce
their positive presence in the community. LEED Silver certification has
proved to be an exciting avenue available to El Rio, serving as a
tangible demonstration of their commitment to the overall health of the
Exterior: Dryvit Outsulation®.
Roofing: GAFGLAS® by GAF;
Built-Up Roofing: Elastek Solar Tek Extreme.
Flooring: Armstrong; Carpet
Lighting: Cooper, IOTA
Automatic Entrances: NABCO