A school gets a much needed health clinic to serve students

A school gets a much needed health clinic to serve students

A non-profit community health center that provides primary and preventive health services to the medical underserved was looking for a new access point for health services in a densely populated low income area.  At the same time, a public school system had adopted a bold strategic plan to include the development of school based health centers in partnership with community agencies. 

The non-profit assembled a group of community partners to careful plan and select a site.  The site was selected at an existing school that allowed primary care access without compromising the security of the schools.  However, there were some limitations to consider.  Long range planning included addressing the limitations of the footprint size, other existing structures, infrastructure, and land use.    Construction of the center should ideally take place over the summer, as to not disrupt the students while in session.  The non-profit was seeking a design-build firm that had the capacity and experience to deliver a medical office building to be placed on the chosen site.    


Modular construction was deemed to be the most cost-effective approach for the design-build process.  As a result, Spectrum Building Systems was selected due to its technical capacity for design and having construction standards that exceed those required.  Spectrum worked with the school and non-profit to design a modular unit that was installed on a permanent foundation and had major clinical space that included three exam rooms, a conference room for health education classes / behavioral health group sessions / staff conferences, a lab, offices, and appropriate clinical and utility/mechanical space.    


A modular medical clinic is now open on the school’s campus and is staffed by a nurse practitioner to serve the students.  As a result, attendance has soared, students are getting the medical care they previously lacked, and the school is experiencing academic success.    


(4) Exam rooms with custom cabinets and counters for ample storage and work space

(1) Lab centrally located for all staff

(2) Offices for private consultations and confidential records

(1) Conference room with two entrances for convenience of patients and staff

(1) Large break room for staff with private bath and mini-kitchen

(2) ADA restrooms for use by patients; one located next to lab for convenience of specimen pass door

(1) Waiting room with pass-through window to private reception area