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Adelante Healthcare

Arizona, USA
Adelante Healthcare is a private nonprofit Federally Qualified Health Center with a mission to improve the health of its communities. Adelante is driven by a belief in sustainable health care for the individual, the community, and the environment supported by a comprehensive health center model. By integrating Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, OB/GYN, Pediatrics, Dental, Lab, Pharmacy, WIC Nutrition, and a healthy Café into a single location, Adelante will deliver convenient accessible and affordable services under one roof.

About the project:
Adelante Healthcare, Mesa, AZ

Opening year (actual or anticipated): 2012

This 43,000 SF Community Health Center is the second of several new facilities to be built over five years and the nation’s first LEED-Platinum community health center. This innovative setting contributes to the Adelante goal of creating a patient centered healthcare medical home. Adelante strives to align the physical environment to positively impact patients in the healing process. Outcomes will be evaluated through patient and staff satisfaction, process flow redesign, and community engagement events for the Pebble Project.  The Mesa facility was built in partnership with the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), A.T. Still University, Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Mesa Museum for Youth, One Oh One Gallery, Mesa Arts Center, Metro Light Rail, Desert Botanical Gardens, and The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University.


    Design: Jain Malkin Inc: space planning, interior architecture and lighting design

    Jain Malkin, CID, AAHID, EDAC, president

    Joost H. Bende, AIA, EDAC, principal in charge

    Christie Mayer, senior designer

    Kelly Kreuzinger, CID, LEED AP, senior designer

    Connie Max, Revit manager, senior designer

    Local Interior Design Coordinator: A design InVision Inc., Kathi Amen,

    Design/Build Contractor: LGE Corporation and Cawley Architects, Inc.

    Developer: One World Corporation, Inc. Bryan Mar, principal.


Wingler, D., & Taylor, E. (2013). Community Health Center Asks: To LEED Or Not To LEED? Healthcare Design, 13(10), 40–44.

Reported research  The organization’s research endeavors include:

Linking the indoor environment quality (IEQ) to staff health-related quality of life for staff, where color and texture, natural light, and acoustics were highly correlated to staff satisfaction as well as being cost effective solutions as measured by increased quality of adjusted life years (QALY).

Quantitative analysis using direct and indirect measures to assess the business case for investing in LEED certification where the most dramatic differences were related to daylighting, with 82% of the Mesa staff feeling that the building’s daylighting had a positive effect on their ability to do their job (perceived productivity) as compared to only 33% in a similar non-LEED Adelante facility.  Stress levels decreased by 53% as compared to prior non-LEED project, employee engagement increased,  absenteeism decreased by 46%, energy use decreased by 25%, and water consumption decreased by 83% after moving into the new facility

Mixed-methods analysis linking how technology (such as video screens where patients spent the most time exam room waiting time listening to music) and furnishings (such as a mobile table used to use a laptop or share information between patients and providers) impact patient communication, participation, and satisfaction within the ambulatory care environments.