Architect T.W. Beck’s expertise in the fields of alternative and renewable energy as well as sustainable design is well known. He advocates incorporating these elements into his architectural designs when possible. His customers welcome his renewable energy suggestions, including Salud Family Health Centers.
Beck uses green technology in the design of the new medical and dental clinic, located at 6255 North Quebec Parkway in Commerce City, Colorado. Solar photovoltaic systems provide electricity. Geothermal energy is used for heating and cooling. Healthful, interior “daylighting” is directed into the facility through “solatubes,” skylights and clerestories. The daylighting is supplemented with energy efficient lighting. An energy efficient envelope insulates the interior spaces. Low VOC paints and building materials, as well as products made from natural and recycled components, make this clinic healthy for patients, employees and the planet. Using these energy saving technologies is projected to yield cost savings of 70% over conventional systems.
Salud has served the Commerce City area since 1986. Salud previously leased a 17,000 square foot space where they offered services. The new 46,374 square foot community health center, on 5.2 acres, positions Salud to respond to the growing need for affordable health care services in Commerce City, where they already serve approximately 34% of residents. Salud provides a full range of family medical, dental and mental health services.
The new facility opened to serve patients in late autumn of 2009. Mishler Construction was the general contractor for the project.