Legacy Community Health Services’ Montrose Clinic building opened last month at 1415 California St., consolidating in its new site the operations of 3 previous locations. The 40,000-sq.-ft. facility provides primary health care services, as well as a dental clinic, pediatric care, optometrists, adult behavior health services, HIV and AIDS treatment facilities, a gym, and — yes — a ground-floor Walgreens pharmacy, all under one flat roof.
Sited on the former location of the 1415 Club, one block behind the Radio Shack and Nidda Thai Cuisine on Westheimer, the new building designed by Gensler has high-efficiency glass windows facing north, east, and west, shielded from the southern sun. According to Legacy spokesperson Eric Roland, a water collection system harvests rainwater and condensation from the air conditioning system.
The parking lot just west of the building (there are 3 more — including one for staff located on the ground floor beneath the building) uses brick pavers that allow water to reach the ground beneath. Three oak trees west of the building were preserved during the construction, and now benefit from a specially designed drainage and irrigation system.
The interiors were designed to provide patients comforting views of the Montrose outdoors. Reversing a common practice in clinic design, the exam rooms all have windows, while the doctorsâ€™ offices are nested within.
Here’s the “body positive” center, a gym tailored to HIV and diabetes patients looking to build body mass:
Artworks, like the conference-room painting shown at left by a local neurosurgeon, were donated to the clinic. Skyline Art Services commissioned works by a dozen other artists, 8 of them local, who also donated their works.
- New Legacy Community Health Services Montrose Clinic [OutSmart]
- Legacy Community Health Services builds a new legacy in new Montrose headquarters [Culturemap]
- Legacy health services grand opening Oct. 16 [Houston Chronicle]
Photos: Candace Garcia