Washington State University Spokane Teaching Health Center
Jointly supporting the medical schools at Washington State University-Spokane and Eastern Washington University, this new 42,000 s.f. teaching health clinic encourages learning in a community health clinic setting for underserved populations. The building is on the health sciences campus in downtown Spokane. The first floor houses 58 exam/consult rooms in three pods, two family medicine clinics, and one internal medicine clinic. There is a large shared collaborative work area back of house, and behavioral health is effectively integrated onto each of three pods. The second floor includes physical and occupational therapy, faculty offices, classrooms, and spaces for social work students.
Throughout the teaching clinic, residents from the medical, psychiatric, and pharmacy programs work collaboratively—under faculty guidance—alongside nurses, medical assistants, pharmacists, and social workers. There is also a café, a public meeting space, and an oversized lobby/waiting space for all university students and staff to share, an important offering at this end of campus.
For the project, Boulder Associates partnered with NAC Architects and Bouten Construction, and our Design-Build team was selected after a rigorous competition of interviews and design workshops with faculty and students. It was designed and delivered to our target cost of $16 million. For these innovations, STHC was nominated for 2016 Building of the Year in Washington State.