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Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston

Page Southerland Page, Inc.

Posted: October 12, 2021 | Projects

Healthcare for the Homeless – Houston (HHH) serves a vulnerable and marginalized population of homeless men, women, and children. Their mission has three parts: 

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  1. to provide long-term care for those who are unable to navigate a larger system of care; 
  2. to provide interim care for those who can transition into the public healthcare system; and
  3. to provide medical outreach to those who live on the streets or in single-night shelters.

For many years, HHH shared space in a building with SEARCH Homeless Services, operating out of a 6,425-square-foot building. In 2012, the Houston office of architecture/engineering firm Page was engaged to assist with facility programming to help HHH relocate and expand its facility. 

The design team renovated an existing three-story building in downtown Houston, providing a dedicated, single-user facility that was completely gutted and renovated to fit HHH’s mission. The new facility provides 20,400 square feet of clinic and office support space, plus a 4,000-square-foot parking area.

Renovations included an open stair between waiting areas, an exterior “lantern” over the new entry, a new elevator, and larger energy-efficient windows that provide daylighting deep inside the facility.

Translucent partitions in the waiting rooms and dental clinic provide visual privacy, while still allowing light to permeate the building. Inviting and durable finishes were chosen throughout the space, and help to impart a sense of warmth and comfort. New signage incorporated into the architecture also increased the organization’s visibility from the adjacent freeway.

The first level is primarily dedicated to parking and administrative space. The main entry opens to a small foyer, designed to usher clients up an open staircase where they check in and proceed to waiting areas on the second and third floors.

The communicating staircase provides clients with a sense of welcoming open space, and also serves as a security and safety measure by increasing visibility from numerous vantage points. There is also an elevator available.

The second-story medical clinic design was planned with a flexible module, so that offices could be converted to exam rooms in the future, or vice versa, if needs shift.

The clinic contains 12 exam rooms, an in-house pharmacy, and small testing labs. The waiting and exam rooms provide electrical outlets for clients to charge wireless phones. A door with a one-way mirror at the second floor waiting room leads to the COO’s office, allowing her to identify optimal times to visit with clientele while they wait. 

The top floor includes six dental stations, each one providing personal space for client belongings. Behavioral health spaces and offices have glass sidelights, which bring in daylighting for energy efficiency. These sidelights add an enhanced sense of openness, as well as create a safer environment for occupants, while still retaining client privacy. A dedicated space on the third floor, used by staff and over 400 annual volunteers, accommodates work stations, training spaces, and personal lockers.

Many of the professional services and building materials were donated, which helped to keep the project within budget.

Architect, Mechanical & Electrical Engineers
Page Southerland Page, Inc.
1100 Louisiana Street, #1
Houston, TX 77002

Structural Engineer 
ASA Dally
9800 Richmond Avenue, #460
Houston, TX 77042

General Contractor
Forney Construction
8945 Long Point Road, #200
Houston, TX 77005

Equipment Planner
12727 Featherwood Drive, #285    
Houston, TX 77034

6575 West Loop South, #110
Bellaire, TX 77401

FMG Graphics
101 Crawford Street, #100
Houston, TX 77002

Date Bid: Feb 2015
Construction Period: Feb 2015 to Dec 2015          
Total Square Feet: 24,270
Site: 0.47 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.  
Building Sizes: Garage, 4,030; first floor, 4,060; second floor, 8,090; each additional floor, 8,090; total, 24,270 square feet.  
Building Height: Garage, 12’; first floor, 12’; second floor, 12’; each additional floor, 12’; total, 36’4”.  
Basic Construction Type: Gut & Renovation
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: CMU, existing precast panels.
Roof: Built-up. 
Floors: Concrete, metal bar joists. 
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the September/October 2021 issue of DCD