Project DescriptionFROM THE ARCHITECTS:
The Maloney Family Health and Wellness Center is the result of a unique collaboration between The City of Columbus, Columbus Department of Health, the Columbus Neighborhood Health Center, and The Ohio State University to develop a new community medical clinic to serve the citizens of South Columbus. The 21,500-square-foot building includes basic medical operations, a Moms2Be program, physical therapy facilities, administrative areas, meeting space, storage space and on-site parking.
An innovative two-sided entrance spine serving the parking lot and Parsons Avenue provides an inviting, light-filled entry and a passive security method. The spine also acts as an organizing element that connects program elements while providing the ability to secure them from one another during after-hours use. The building connects to and enlivens the surrounding urban context through the use of extensive vision glass that also invites natural light deep into the interior spaces. The facade of the building creates a continuous presence along Parsons Avenue that recalls the traditional development pattern of this commercial thoroughfare. The building is sited close to the street to maintain an open and urban presence in a blighted context plagued by vacancy and under-utilization.