Rio Community Health Center, El Pueblo Clinic|
CDG Architects, Ltd.
2102 N. Country Club Road, #9, Tucson, AZ 85716
Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date Bid: Nov 2009 Construction Period: Mar 2010 to Dec
Total Square Feet: 26,998 Site: 1.5 acres
Number of Buildings: One
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 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
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.
Entrances & Storefronts & Windows: Southwest Aluminum Systems
Daylighting/Skylights: Velux Commerical Sun Tunnel
Flooring: Milliken, Daltile, Armstrong VCT
Lighting: Lithonia, Lightedge, Elliptipar.