Didn’t that use to be a restaurant?
Recycling appears to be catching on in healthcare construction. Companies participating in this year’s Modern Healthcare Construction & Design Survey (March 15, 2010, p. S1) were asked if they had been involved in a project where an existing nonmedical building was transformed into a healthcare facility. Many responded that they were.
Many retail outlets and grocery stores were renovated into clinics, as were some schools. LHB Architects reported that they made a clinic out of an old blood bank. Burt Hill Architects took an auto dealership and made it into a “hospital skills training center,” Johnson Development made a medical office building out of a “1890s textile mill,” but the ultimate recycling job may have been pulled off by Hoffman-Grayson Architects who developed a medical office building at an old trash recycling facility.
The newest of these projects is probably the Carondelet Health Network’s new 4,500-square-foot Silverbell Walk-in Clinic in Tucson, Ariz., which opened April 12 in the building that once housed Ziggi’s restaurant—which, incidentally, received some unkind words from online reviewer Michael C. of Tucson, who wrote the pasta was “somewhat bland and soulless, but sanitary, like an L.A. trophy housewife.”
Perhaps an opinion such as that is why the folks at KKE Architects tried so hard to get rid of the building’s old look.
“We left no distinguishing features,” says Guy Shoaf, Carondelet construction project manager. Paula Register, Carondelet senior vice president for physician, ambulatory and continuum services, adds “You can’t get a salad with your checkup.”
The clinic is located in a retail center which includes a Safeway grocery store, pizzeria, dry cleaners and an ice cream shop, and Shoaf says locating there is part of Carondelet’s “Safeway strategy” which involves opening clinics near new grocery stores.
Ziggi’s no more. Now it’s the Silverbell clinic.