Far from a one-size-fits-all approach, the needs of a particular area should inform a local health center’s services and strategies. The Adamsville Regional Health Center in Fulton County, Georgia, is a holistic wellness center addressing the healthcare and social needs of an economically challenged urban neighborhood on Atlanta’s west side, offering medical care on a sliding scale. Prominently sited at Interstates 20 and 285, the building borders Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, a major arterial thoroughfare, and is easily accessible by car, public transportation, or on foot.
The median household income in the Adamsville area was 60% less than the rest of Fulton County, so Adamsville asked Page to create a health clinic that would improve access to affordable healthcare, create a beacon for the community, and empower residents.
From the planning stages, the architects involved residents in monthly neighborhood meetings about programs and design, provided local employment and subcontracting opportunities, and held steering committee updates and user-group workshops.
Operated by the Fulton County Public Health Department, the Adamsville Center combines a primary care clinic, behavioral health clinic, dental clinic, and workforce community center under one roof, making visits convenient and economical for patients. A central, two-story lobby and connecting stair guides visitors to various departments, and a drop-in childcare center offers support for visiting parents and families.
Outside, a dramatically cantilevered roof increases the facility’s visibility, and the quilt-like exterior metal paneling — inspired by the paintings of Atlanta artist, Radcliffe Bailey — celebrates the area’s cultural roots, further connecting the clinic to the community.
Since its opening, the center has alleviated overcrowding at Atlanta’s public safety-net hospital’s emergency department and fostered a sense of community with outside benches, a walking trail, and a community garden — encouraging exercise and teaching sound nutrition.
- 36,000 GSF
- LEED certified