UNM Hospital’s North Valley Center for Family & Community Health
Richardson & Richardson, Inc.
Posted: October 6, 2021 | Projects
The University of New Mexico Hospital’s North Valley Center for Family and Community Health is a State of New Mexico project, constructed in Albuquerque, NM.
Photo Courtesy of Hap Richardson/Richardson & Richardson, Inc.
The construction of this clinic in this area has been a goal of UNMH and the Near North Valley Neighborhood Association(NNVNA) for a number of years. Until now, this area had little medical care available to residents. From the project’s start, numerous issues were raised by a wide variety of community stakeholders, including immediate property owners, neighborhood associations along 4th Street, schools, and St. Therese Church. Compliance with the City’s North 4th Street Corridor Plan, traffic, and types of services were the key concerns among these participants.
It was the intention of the entire project team to provide a beautiful new structure that would benefit this neighborhood for decades to come.
This clinic is the newest addition to the 4th Street Corridor in Albuquerque. The 16,500-square-foot, 97-room multidisciplinary primary care clinic includes: Blood Draw, Pharmacy, Radiology Lab with digital Wi-Fi X-ray, Resident’s Room, and a Community/Conference Room. The NVC is a continuity clinic site for the 17 Family Medicine Residents and a training site for students in a number of different disciplines. In addition to providing conference space for staff, the Community Room is frequently used by other neighborhood groups for meetings, seminars, and other gatherings.
The clinic was built on the site of Larry’s Drive-In, a local landmark that is commemorated inside the new building. UNM Hospital contractually agreed to follow the City’s existing corridor plan for the 4th Street area. Throughout the planning and construction process, UNMH and its contractors met regularly with NNVNA, which helped immensely with communication between agencies. UNMH and the architects involved the community by presenting a selection of exterior styles at a neighborhood meeting and at the St. Therese Parish Fiesta.
The project team continued to attend neighborhood association meetings to update on progress, as well as inviting NNVNA delegates to attend weekly construction meetings. The clinic is committed to working with both nearby schools on health education and health career opportunities. Layout was more than a typical office – after the slab was poured, but before the structural steel was installed, Richardson & Richardson laid out the unusual floor tile pattern angles, walls and openings. By using concrete dye to snap lines, the project team was able to clarify locations for all workers involved and prevent conflicts while the components of the building were installed. The building was divided into seven areas for the purpose of work leveling, the idea being each craft would complete a section entirely before moving on to the next area.
This Lean Construction technique allowed the reliable release of work to the trades to maximize productivity.
The project punch list (final quality check) was able to start in the first areas to be finished while the building was still being completed in the latter areas of construction. This resulted in a continuous workflow and a minimal touch-up type punch list.
Roofing: Carlisle TPO, Boral
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: Kawneer
Flooring: Armstrong, Shaw
General Contractor & Cost Estimator
Richardson & Richardson, Inc.
4100 Menaul, N.E., #2E,
Albuquerque, NM 87110
6501 Americas Parkway, N.E., #300, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Walla Engineering, Ltd. 6501 Americas Parkway, N.E., #301, Albuquerque, NM 87110
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Wilson & Company, Inc.
4900 Lange Avenue, N.E., Albuquerque, NM 87109
Date Bid: Jul 2014
Construction Period: Sep 2014 to May 2015
Total Square Feet: 16,500
Site: 2 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 16,500; total, 16,500 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 16’; total, 16’.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: Light gauge framing, EIFS, stone, storefront.
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.