Health Center Finally Rises
A New $23 Million Facility For Tucson
TIt has taken years, but the Kino Public Health
Center in Tucson is finally on its way to being completed.
The approximately $23 million project across the street
from University Physicians Healthcare Hospital at Kino Campus on Ajo Way was originally
started in 1999 when Durrant Architects of Tucson got the job to design the administrative
"We've been working on this for a long time,"
said Frank Slingerland, a Durrant partner.
"It was in our office
more than three years and when we finished it was put on the shelf because the
county couldn't fund it. It sat there for two years before it was bid out eight
The project is scheduled for completion on Nov. 22,
Durrant Architects was partnered with Lee Burkhart Liu of Marina
del Rey, Calif., an architectural firm that specializes in hospital planning,
to design the project.
"In reality there are few clinical-related
components in the building," Slingerland said.
"It's more an
administrative building than a hospital."
the structure as a giant rectangle about the size of a football field. A conference
center is located in front of the building and connects to the main building through
the lobby and by bridges on the second through fourth floors. The first level
of the conference center has large rooms that can be divided or opened up to accommodate
various types of public or private sessions.
All the sides of the building
were treated differently, depending on their solar exposure, Slingerland said.
The north side has large expanses of glass with nearly unobstructed views of the
Santa Catalina Mountains because it receives no direct sunlight.
and west exposures have minimal glass openings, and the south side features deeply
recessed windows with overhangs to control vertical sun penetration.
haven't been any surprises on the job yet," said Dave Phillips, project manager
for Gilbane Building Co. of Phoenix, the construction manager on the job. "It's
a pretty big structure at 185,000-sq.-ft. and will be used to consolidate all
the Pima County Health Department offices spread around town."
Young, onsite project manager for Lloyd Construction Co. of Tucson, the general
contractor, said the building carries a structural steel frame, with structural
stud framing, and it's covered on the exterior by four separate finishes - EIFS,
an aluminum window wall system, masonry veneer and exterior metal panels.
interior of the building is pretty straightforward, but it's the exterior where
the architects put on all the flashing lights," Young added. "The exterior
is the tricky part."
Young said his crews have just begun the exterior
facade work, starting with the masonry, which is to be followed by the EIFS, the
aluminum curtain wall and the metal panels. He said he expects the exterior to
take about three months to finish.
Burt Wright, a project manager and principal
at Kelley Wright & Associates of Tucson, the mechanical engineers on the project,
called the plumbing system routine, with two major and one minor restroom facilities
on each floor, stacked so they were easy to design into the building.
also put risers on each floor for water, waste and vents on various column locations
to allow for future additions to the plumbing system," he said.
Wright also was responsible for the fire protection and standpipe systems. Its
workers put in wet standpipes with sectional control valves on each floor that
are tied into the fire protection system.
For the HVAC, Kelley Wright specified
two 450-ton chillers, one with a variable- speed drive and the other with a standard
drive to be used as a base-loaded machine, said Donovan Kelley, a principal in
Four variable air volume air handlers per floor help optimize
There have been some minor problems during construction.
were faced with concrete shortages that didn't affect the building but which did
affect some of the roadwork with the curbing," Young said. "We also
had a steel delivery delay at the beginning of the job, and there were increases
in the cost of all materials - asphalt, concrete, cement and glass. But I still
feel good about making our target date to finish."
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