Completed in 2011, this 10,300 SF Rural Health & Clinical Education Center expands both health care services and career training opportunities in a rural and underserved region in West Virginia. With collaboration among community leaders, a major university’s medical school and the local hospital’s foundation, much-needed primary care services are provided to the Logan County region. A two story scheme was selected both to preserve available land for future growth and to give the building greater presence.
The main entry faces west to the vehicle arrival point, and together with the elevator and stair core are located to tie into a future addition to the south. Facing east to the highway, a large window element expresses the community/conference room that will be on the Second Floor when it is completed. The Center’s primary exterior cladding of fiber-cement panels are sourced from 20% recycled materials. Stone accents soften the palette, which seeks to harmonize with the site while forming a completely modern composition.