Type of facility: community health center and mixed-use facility
Client: South End Community Services, Boston
Project architect: Rothman Partners, Boston
Construction manager: Robert F. Walsh & Associates, South
Completed: June 2000
Size: 40,000 square feet
Total cost: $6 million
Cost per square foot: $150
The South End Community Health Center in Boston is a comprehensive healthcare facility offering various medical clinics such as adult and pediatric services, obstetrics and gynecology, drug counseling, dental and mental health services, and support services such as business offices, community rooms and a clinical laboratory. Parking is below ground.
Several judges praise the project for its integration into Boston's South End neighborhood, where it serves a primarily Hispanic community.
"We really appreciate that the building aims to integrate itself into the community rather than attract attention to itself with elaborate design elements," says judge Roxanne Sherbeck.
The center's sunny lobby has a grand staircase of cherry wood, recalling the staircases that characterize homes in the neighborhood. Patients proceed up the staircase and arrive at the second-floor reception area, a two-story space warmed by richly painted red walls, maple wood panels and columns stretching to the natural wood slat ceiling above. Clear glass transoms above doors on examination and treatment rooms emit warm light without compromising patient privacy.
A play area is constructed of light maple panels and divides the central waiting area. Administration and conference rooms frame the atrium and have glass walls that integrate the spaces into the atrium itself.