Family Health Center

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Photo credit: Jeff Garland Photography

Location: Kalamazoo, MI

Architect: Eckert Wordell

Contractor: CSM

Square Footage: 50,000

Construction Cost: $15,000,000

Kalamazoo’s Family Health Center South Clinic is a new, $15-million Federally Qualified Health Center, which is designated by the government to provide care to under-served populations in a community. The 4-level, 50,000 square-foot facility embraces an Integrated Care Model, pulling together medical, dental and behavior care under one roof. The center houses a family health clinic with 24 exam rooms; a 25-seat state-of-the-art dental clinic; pharmacy; laboratory; occupational and physical therapy offices; and an unfinished fourth level with space for 24 additional exam rooms.

The steel-framed structure was not without its challenges. The building’s unique architecture contained floor and roof cantilevers, a “knife-point” canopy, and a story-high rooftop screenwall. The walk-out lower level uses cantilevered foundation retaining walls. The building is braced laterally with a combination of braced frames, moment frames and masonry shearwalls.