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  El Rio Community Health Center, El Pueblo ClinicEl Rio Community Health Center, El Pueblo Clinic


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

General Description

Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date Bid: Nov 2009 Construction Period: Mar 2010 to Dec 2010
Total Square Feet: 26,998 Site: 1.5 acres
Number of Buildings: One
LEED® Gold
Building Size:
First floor, 13,004; second floor, 13,994;
total, 26,998 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 15’; second floor, 13’;
top to the highest parapet, 36’.
Basic Construction Type: New/5B Sprinkled/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Reinforced CMU on spread footings. Exterior Walls: Metal frame, stucco. Roof: Built-up. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Projected and/or modeled energy usage: KBTU/SF/yr: 52.1

Construction Team

Construction Manager: Creative Contractors, Inc. - 620 Drew Street, Clearwater, FL 33755
Structural Engineer: Master Consulting Engineers, Inc. - 5523 West Cypress Street, #200, Tampa, FL 33607
Mechanical/Plumbing/Fire Protection: Consulting Engineering Associates, Inc. - 8365 Gunn Highway, Tampa, FL 33626
Electrical Engineer: Voltair Engineers - 2101 West Columbus Drive, Tampa, FL 33607

El Rio Community Health Center, Inc. (El Rio) continues its commitment to "green" building with the construction of the El Pueblo Neighborhood Clinic in Tucson, Arizona. The new facility is a state-of-the-art, eco-friendly medical facility and the second anticipated LEED(R) certified facility under El Rio's umbrella of 17 medical sites. The new clinic replaces a smaller clinic nearby, with patient visits expected to grow from 13,000 to over 40,000 annually. The new building design flows from El Rio's expanded definition of "community wellness" to include sustainable and environmentally responsible clinic facilities and work environments. This means promoting the health of staff and clients, consuming fewer local resources such as electric power and potable water, and utilizing local and recycled building materials.

El Rio received Federal stimulus funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a second Federal grant toward medical equipment for the new facility and private donations toward a new x-ray machine. With the help of a local Council member, the El Rio Foundation is able to lease the clinic land from the El Pueblo Neighborhood Center for $1 for 99 years. The Design and build team includes CDG Architects, Swaim Associates and BFL Construction.

The building is oriented, designed and fenestrated to minimize solar heat gain to the interior while providing ample natural light. Solar tubes and clerestory windows provide daylighting in the corridors and the lobby respectively. Low-flow plumbing fixtures and metered faucets minimize potable water use at the interior, while reclaimed water is used for landscape irrigation at the exterior. Regionally produced and recycled materials were used as often as possible. Indoor environmental quality is enhanced by increased outdoor air delivery, use of low contaminant-emitting finish materials. The electrical and lighting systems are designed to minimize power usage and the mechanical systems selected for the building are CFC-free and will meet LEED optimal energy performance criteria.

Construction of the building was also approached in a manner sensitive to the environment. An Indoor Air Quality management plan was implemented by the Contractor to control pollutant sources, protect the HVAC ducts during construction, and to ventilate areas where workmen might be exposed to airborne irritants. Waste management was watched closely to ensure that at least 50% of all waste materials were diverted from disposal in land fills. Light pollution was mitigated from neighboring lots and stormwater was managed on-site so as not to create drainage onto neighboring properties.

El Rio is as committed to the health and comfort of its staff as it is the well-being of its clients. Natural lighting is introduced to exam rooms where possible and also to the Staff Lounge, Shower Room and offices. Colorful walls, floors and furniture have a positive effect not only on clients who are not feeling well, but also on the staff who move throughout the spacious facility on a daily basis. High quality finish materials, furnishings and artwork contribute to the sense that El Rio cares deeply about the community it serves.

Product Information
Roofing: GAF
Entrances & Storefronts & Windows: Southwest Aluminum Systems
Daylighting/Skylights: Velux Commerical Sun Tunnel
Flooring: Milliken, Daltile, Armstrong VCT
Lighting: Lithonia, Lightedge, Elliptipar.

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