Completed in 2011, the Cleveland Clinic Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center is a three-story, 50,000-SF facility that links outpatient health care with social and financial assistance and resources. Replacing Huron Hospital, the new $25-million facility is located on two acres of land on Euclid Avenue near East 139th Street.
Karpinski Engineering provided MEP/T design for the entire facility, which included civil engineering for a 150-car parking area.
The Health Center places a strong emphasis on chronic disease management - with a focus on treatment/prevention for diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure. It offers a wide range of outpatient services - including primary and specialty care - such as cardiology, nephrology, ophthalmology and podiatry. It is also home to a state-of-the-art teaching kitchen, where patients and community members can receive lessons for cooking healthier, inexpensive meals.
The first floor includes administrative spaces and a 21-bed dialysis treatment unit, with chairs that have heating, cooling and massaging capabilities. Water treatment areas in the dialysis area required extensive plumbing beneath concrete slabs. The second floor houses additional office and video conferencing capabilities, as well as specialty care, radiology, behavioral health, physical therapy, laboratory and community spaces. The third floor is dedicated to obstetrics, pediatric care and primary care.
Designed for LEED Silver certification, attention to energy conservation and design was based upon the Clinic's goal to create the most environmentally friendly building possible while still staying within budget. Among energy-efficient design elements, the building has window shades activated by natural light, low-volatile organic compound finishes, recycled and regionally sourced materials, low-flow fixtures, LED lighting, low-voltage exit signs and non-irrigated landscaping with native plants and bioswales.
Karpinski Engineering integrated operational recommendations from the hospital staff, and optimized site design while conforming to local codes and standards. The project scope included remediation and demolition of an existing building to make way for new construction. Significant grade changes, the presence of surface rock and access challenges from the street to the building required special attention. The building was also raised eight feet to take advantage of and provide a turnaround for shuttles, buses and cars. Karpinski Engineering worked closely with the construction manager - benefiting from early and ongoing collaboration regarding decisions relevent to schedule, cost, value engineering and constructibility.