ABA’s precedent-setting design for a county health center began with the understanding that going to a clinic is a family event in many cultures. A ‘public market’ space is designed as a gathering spot for parents, children and grandparents while a ‘public street’ connects various clinics. A curtain wall of windows faces a protective courtyard where children can play while under the watchful eyes of their family members.
“The New Valley Health Center at East Valley has shattered the ‘myth’ of a county building. Overall, the project is a master planned 8.6-acre site including phased construction of Mental Health and Public Health Buildings and a new clinic building that ultimately became the prototypical satellite clinic for Santa Clara County’s Valley Medical Center.” –Robin Roche, Executive Director, Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Ambulatory and Managed Care
Photographer: Pierre Brulé