A much anticipated groundbreaking ceremony was held in October for a new University Health System (UHS) family health clinic to serve the eastside of San Antonio, TX. KAI Texas is providing architecture and MEP engineering on the $5 million clinic, which will bear the name of pioneering African American physician Dr. Robert M. Hilliard.
The new clinic will replace the existing Eastside Clinic at 210 N. Rio Grande Street, and will be constructed on a two-acre plot near I-35 and Walters Street, near the new San Antonio Housing Authority (SAHA) Wheatley Choice Neighborhood featuring 220+ mixed-income residential units. Accessible by walking, car and public transportation, UHS and the design team engaged various members of the public and surrounding communities and agencies to make the clinic responsive to the specific needs of the population, with flexibility to accommodate its changing needs, said KAI Texas Senior Project Architect/Project Manager Derwin Broughton, AIA.
"The new Robert M. Hilliard Center is programmed for 13,850 square feet and is sized to grow with the needs of the community," said Broughton. "The exam rooms are flexible to accommodate a variety of healthcare service providers. The current Eastside Clinic has two service providers seeing approximately 8,115 patients per year. The new clinic will start with the existing providers and can grow to accommodate six to eight service providers seeing a total of approximately 26,000 patients per year."
The new Robert M. Hilliard Center, which is expected to open in late 2017, is designed with 16 exam and consultation rooms, a four-room dental suite, two procedure rooms, ten offices, an x-ray lab and a pharmacy.