Sometimes, healthcare systems meet resistance to new construction of neighborhood clinics in historic or scenic areas. DSGW is assisting the St. Luke’s Hospital system in Duluth to build several 10,000 sf clinics in rural communities. Neighbors in the Lester River community were concerned that their new clinic would detract from the neighborhood’s residential scale and Northwoods character.
DSGW’s team responded with public participation sessions and citizen input on community aesthetics. They studied the neighborhood’s existing shingle-style Fish Hatchery built in 1888 at a point where the Lester River cascades into Lake Superior and incorporated its architectural details and forms.
Small community clinics are welcomed when the public takes part in planning and the design reflects the local sense of place. The Lester River Clinic is now a center of the community and is conveniently located next to an assisted living facility that DSGW designed in tandem. The clinic fits into its wooded hillside with a stone, post and beam entry canopy expressing the folk log buildings of the area and its long history of timbering.
|Project:||St. Luke’s Neighborhood Clinics|
|Client:||St. Luke’s Hospital System|
|Location:||Duluth, Mountain Iron, Hermantown, Minnesota|