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Situation:

South Cove Community Health Center is the premier health center for Asians in Massachusetts, serving 25,000 children and adults throughout the Boston area.  To better serve the growing Asian population in the Quincy area, SCHC selected BOND to construct a new, 21,000 SF, 4-story clinic located at 88 Holmes Street.  The New Health Center includes pediatrics, dental, obstetrics & gynecology, behavioral health, optometry and social services.  The top floor features state-of-the art conference and meeting rooms with large windows overlooking the skyline of Quincy.  One of its most outstanding design features is a roof-top garden designed with Feng-shui and Chinese elements (Wu Xing) in mind.  The new building sits adjacent to a parking lot of 53 spaces for patients.

Challenges:

  • Construction next to adjacent structures
  • Site location in a densely populated urban environment
  • Unknown site conditions

Solutions:

  • Seismographs were installed to detect vibrations in surrounding areas
  • Neighborhood mitigation planning; maintaining pedestrian routes for the numerous members of the community
  • Utilization of strict infection control procedures to ensure patient and employee safety

Results:

  • Project was completed on-time and within budget
  • Surrounding structures were left unharmed
  • The new building will allow for a pediatrics department twice the size of the current department, and will improve wait time by increasing to three pediatricians