Didn’t that use to be a res­tau­rant?

Modern Healthcare - - Outliers -

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.

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