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Clinicas de Salud del Pueblo

Posted: January 14, 2020 | Projects

This project is a new two-story 45,000-square-foot state-of-the-art medical facility located on 4.97 acres of land by client, PMB (Pacific Medical Buildings). 

Photo Courtesy of of Lilikoi Consulting

The site is located on the eastern edge of the city of El Centro, in California’s Imperial Valley. It is immediately adjacent to U.S. Interstate 8, providing tremendous visibility to passersby and easy access from the entire region. The site is master-planned to accommodate over 250 parking spaces, and landscaped in an “orchard” configuration. There is also a public bus stop immediately in front of the property. 

The building shell is of two-story, concrete tilt-up construction, with an internal steel frame and concrete and steel-composite floors. Window openings are carefully sized to provide ample daylight while minimizing unnecessary solar gain. For example, the west façade has a smaller percentage of glazing than does the north façade.  The ground floor to second floor height is 15’-0”, and the second floor to roof height is 13’-6”. The tenant space ceiling height is a minimum of nine feet. 

The MEP engineer installed large packaged rooftop HVAC Units (RTUs), with one RTU per floor. The RTUs were high efficiency DX units with VFDs on the supply and return fans, which allows for variable air flow. The units have modulating capacity control through the use of variable speed compressors. 

The lighting is high efficiency LED with a central networked lighting controls system throughout the building. High efficiency rooftop package units were also installed to provide for heating and cooling needs. The architectural expression of the building is intended to reflect the area’s desert setting and agricultural history. Custom patterning of the concrete wall panels evokes the land division of fields and parcels. The panels are painted in shades drawn from the surrounding desert landscapes. 

On the freeway side of the building, two distinctive window bays catch the eye from both east and west approaches. A large glazed area on the south side, facing the auto entry and the bulk of the parking, creates a welcoming entry. 

The varied patterning of the window openings creates a lively rhythm in addition to strategically limiting heat gain. In addition, the site landscaping is generous in area and drought resistant. Extensive use of Palo Verde and Desert Willow trees enhances the patron experience and provides needed shade from the hot desert sun of El Centro. 

Roofing: Johns Manville
Entrances, Storefronts & Curtain Wall: Arcadia
Elevators: Schindler

Nadel Architects
1990 S. Bundy Drive, #400
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Structural Engineer 
GSSI Structural Engineers
5550 Baltimore Drive, #100
La Mesa, CA 91942

Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
STERNCO Engineers, Inc.
202 S. 1st Avenue, #205
Yuma, AZ 85364

Civil Engineer
Fuscoe Engineering
6390 Greenwich Drive, #170
San Diego, CA 92122

General Contractor
Pacific Building Group
9752 Aspen Creek Court
San Diego, CA 92126

Date Bid: Sep 2017
Construction Period:   Sep 2017 to Jan 2019
Total Square Feet: 44,137
Site: 4.97 acres.
Number of Buildings: One (shell).

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the January/February 2020 issue of DCD