Family Health Center of KalamazooExpanded Flagship Location
Client Family Health Center of Kalamazoo
Location Kalamazoo, MI
Size (sq. ft) 41,000
Completion Date 2012
The Family Health Center (FHC) of Kalamazoo’s dynamic $8.3 million expansion of its existing facility allowed it to double the number of patients it treats each year. The new facility tripled the exam room space and included a highly efficient medical pod layout, new pharmacy, welcoming patient waiting areas, courtyards, locker rooms, classroom space, and a centrally located stimulating administration space.
In order to begin construction of the new addition, a considerable amount of coordination needed to occur in order to abandon Bush Street, as well as to perform the demolition of an old Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety fire station, multiple vacant residences, and an old gas station. Throughout construction, the existing center remained fully operational, and the work was performed in phases to ensure that the daily clinical services were not interrupted.
The majority of the construction costs were funded by a grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that the federal stimulus program passed in 2009, the largest of three grants made to Federally Qualified Health Centers in Michigan. Funds from the grant allowed for an innovative residency program for the FHC campus in partnership with Michigan State University’s Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies (KCMS). Sixteen new doctors and three preceptors will provide affordable Healthcare services to an additional 256 patients a day (1,280 patients per week) and 62,720 patients annually.