Community Health Connections (CHC) was awarded a grant for a major addition/renovation to an existing professional office building located on the UMass Memorial – HealthAlliance Hospital Burbank Campus adjacent to their current location.  This project consists of the renovation of 20,000 square feet within the professional office building and 60,500 square feet of new construction.  The new 80,500 square foot facility will offer providers approximately twice the amount of space that they currently have to comfortably serve the patients and provide room for growth.

This patient centered medical home provides many needed services to the community including Preventative and Primary Health Care, Chronic Disease Management, Women’s Health Services and Behavioral Medicine.  Some of the aspects of the Medical Home Model include a dual corridor system for increased patient privacy, large exam rooms to accommodate group education or caregivers and universal design so that access points, exam rooms and nurse’s stations are in the same place within each pod.  In addition, CHC is unique in that it is a Teaching Center in partnership with UMass, with Residency Programs in Family Medicine and Dentistry.  These program requirements were seamlessly integrated within departments to promote the residency visibility.

In addition to providing staff and users with increased space, DAI designed the new facility to make the most efficient use of space and provide better workflow for staff and patients which results in increased productivity.  Although CHC did not seek LEED certification for this project, DAI worked with an energy consultant to  provide sustainable design features on the building envelope and mechanical and electrical systems to provide an energy efficient facility.   These systems are designed to produce significantly lower operating costs.

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