Center for Community Health

  • LOCATION: Vancouver, WA
  • COMPLETED: 2006


The Center for Community Health is an example of federal, state, and local governments partnering with nonprofit organizations to bring comprehensive community services under one roof.  LSW helped to facilitate collaboration, develop a program, and design a facility to accommodate these services.

One of the greatest design challenges was to safely and efficiently house services that rarely cohabitate in the same facility.  For this reason, the building was organized into four floors separating these distinct services, progressing from the most intensive on the first floor to lowest risk on the fourth floor.  A steeply graded site allows two floors to have grade-level entries. One entrance opens into space housing the 24-hour drug and alcohol addictive treatment recovery programs; the other provides access into specialized services with high demand and short turnover.  The third floor houses the Clark County Health Department’s formal medical services. Offices used by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Clark County business and administrative services are located on the fourth floor.

The footprint for the 175,000 sq. ft. facility is long and thin with a single entrance that serves the top three levels.  To reduce the need for long corridors, the entrance is located at the building midpoint.  The lobby is the vibrant heart of the facility providing adjacent meeting rooms, a coffee bar, and access points to other floors.  The lobby’s public nature creates a passively-secure space, allowing dissimilar clients to safely interact.