Architects / Planners



Johnson & Lee, Ltd.






Phil Craig Johnson, FAIA

Frank Christopher Lee, FAIA

























Construction Cost:



Project Completion Date:

April 2014



Near North Health Services Corporation 1276 N. Clybourn

Chicago, IL 60610


Building certified as LEED Gold.


Near North Health Services proceeded the Affordable Care Act in providing services for all clients regardless of income and insurance. Near North Health Services is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), the organization expanded their mission statement to include, an environment for “wellness and healing”. This project is a new health center located at 1520 N. Kostner Avenue in the Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois in a Menard’s “out- parcel”. Near North Health Clinic is approximately 29,399 square feet and contains lobby, offices, support spaces, x-ray lab and exam rooms. The health center services include, but not limited program spaces such as Internal Medicine, Maternal & Child Health, WIC/Nutrition, Dental, Ophthalmology, and Substance Abuse programs along with other health and educational functions. Primary design issue was site visibility and creation of a health environment for wellness and healing.


The building design solution revolves around a two-story structure with an interior landscape courtyard area and the landscaped courtyard is visible from many of the public spaces. Landscaping creates a serene environment essential to Health Center’s mission statement. The building envelope is constructed of masonry veneer with metal studs with ban windows and a curtain wall on the east entry facade. A conference room clad with blue metal panels further denotes main entrances. The courtyard is created with a glass curtain wall enabling maximum fenestration into the program and public spaces. The structure is steel columns and beams, band windows that add additional natural light.


The main east elevation, which faces Kostner Avenue, contains the building entrance, highlighted by the introduction of an oversized canopy which acts as a dual function element in providing shelter and land marking. Other amenities include a green roof, outdoor seating areas, bicycle racks, a roof top trellis area, and landscaped areas. The building also features a geothermal ground source energy pump for heating and cooling.












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