KHDC Lewistown Community Health Center
CORE Architects, LLC
Posted: June 10, 2020 | Projects
Keystone Healthcare Development Corporation (KHDC) developed a 46,000-square-foot multi-service medical facility located in Lewiston, Pennsylvania. The tenants include two major healthcare providers: The Primary Health Network (Sharon, Pennsylvania) and Geisinger Health System (Danville, Pennsylvania).
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The Primary Health Network offers primary care, dental care, and behavioral health services, along with a 340B Program pharmacy. Geisinger Heath System operates their LIFE (Living Independently for the Elderly) Program for older adults to support independent living, an outpatient lab, and a Fresh Food Farmacy.
Total annual patient visits are projected at 52,000. Prior to the project completion, Lewistown had no medical services dedicated to serving low- to moderate-income citizens. The visits equate to approximately 21,000 individuals who now have a medical facility to call home.
KHDC is a non-profit real estate development company created to provide expertise and capital to support the growth of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), Economic Development Agencies, and hospitals in medically underserved and economically depressed areas of the region.
KHDC is an outgrowth of the realization that health centers do not have the financial capacity to meet the capital needs of these health centers, and that the multi-service facility is the best model to meet the health care needs of the underserved community.
For over 30 years, The Primary Health Network (PHN) has worked closely with local communities to implement a new model of healthcare: The Community Health Center. PHN has grown to become the largest Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Pennsylvania, and one of the largest in the nation. Each year, they help over 100,000 patients with health, educational, and enabling services.
The Fresh Food Farmacy offers those with diabetes and who suffer from food insecurity to be “prescribed” fresh produce, and healthier food options from food banks. Nutritionists and social workers coach the patients to help manage diets and improve their general health.
The architectural team’s challenge was to create a building design that would be a signature statement for the client, and provide striking visibility from the highway. This was achieved through the use of color and materials, providing both an economical and functional solution.
While the building is a simple rectangular box in its overall form, the architecture aesthetic relies on the metal skin to create scale, texture, and visual interest. The various metal panel profiles and depths visually shape the exterior skin as a textured graphic expression. It responds to the direction of sunlight, creating movement through shade and shadow, resulting in dynamic and ever-changing building façades. The four-color scheme creates visual interest, and further defines the composition of the elements that create the architectural order of the building façades. The exposed fastener metal panels were selected for their aesthetic design appeal, durability, low maintenance, and economical value.
Working together, the developer, healthcare providers, architects, engineers, and contractors, delivered a project that succeeds on many levels, but most importantly provides a positive social impact through the delivery of healthcare services to a previously underserved community.
Building Envelope: SYNTHEON ACCEL-E Steel Thermal Efficient Panel Wall System™, McElroy Metal
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Shaw, Johnsonite, Tarkett
Interior: CertainTeed, Sherwin-Williams, USG
Lighting: Lithonia, Eureka
CORE Architects, LLC
360 Lincoln Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15202
Structural, Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Loftus Engineers/McKim & Creed
300 Bilmar Drive, #150
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
General Contractor & Cost Estimator
1625 Dutch Lane
Hermitage, PA 16148
Date Bid: Sep 2016
Construction Period: Dec 2016 to May 2018
Total Square Feet: 46,897
Site: 6.074 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 15,692; second floor, 15,612; each additional floor, 15,593; total, 46,897 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; second floor, 14’; each additional floor, 14’; parapet, 6’; total, 48’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Business/II B.
Exterior Walls: STEP system.
Floors: Concrete over metal deck.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.