One Community Health Clinic has provided primary medical, dental and behavioral health care to low-income residents in The Dalles community since 1986.  The clinic’s leased facility was outdated with no potential for renovation or expansion.  A federal grant was awarded to build a new facility.

“This one was all about people,” said Dan Callahan, project manager for Howard S. Wright, the project’s general contractor.  “We had over 100 people show up for the groundbreaking — regular town people who were grateful for what we were doing.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had people come up and shake my hand, and thank me at the start of a project.  From that point on, I think everyone – subcontractors, workers, our crew – took this one to heart, like they were working on something for their own families.”

The non-profit clinic now sports a LEED certification. It is designed to be 20 percent more energy efficient than required by code, boasts high-efficiency HVAC, features plentiful natural daylight and renewable building materials, and features onsite stormwater treatment.
More than 20 percent of the direct construction cost was locally sourced.  The two-story building is clad in Columbia River basalt, and locally sourced wood and fiber cement siding.

The design supports the “patient-centered medical home” organizational model for optimizing spatial efficiency while providing an inviting and comfortable environment for both patients and staff.

Prior to the project breaking ground, areas of groundwater were detected that qualified as federally protected wetlands.

“It looked like barren field, but it met the criteria,” Callahan said.

The project team worked with the federal Environmental Protection Agency to mitigate the affected area with a combination of grading offsets and landscaping.

“The whole project was like that,” Callahan said. “Everybody connected with it cooperated and worked to make it happen.  It was a really great feeling to see it all come together.”


Original Article

Title:  First Place Private Buildings: One Community Health

Date: May 16th, 2014

Author: Rick Arnett

Publication: DJC Oregon