La Clinica and Ortiz Community Center
Carleton Hart Architecture completed a county health clinic and community center designed to meet the needs of a newly emerging master-planned neighborhood in northeast Portland. The building provides a Multnomah County neighborhood health clinic, counseling space, family resource center, community gathering space, credit union and activity space for children.
This project is recognized as a strong example of sustainable development. The efficient use of land included shared parking, minimal setbacks and construction for future vertical growth. It encourages a mix of uses spurring economic vitality of an existing commercial area. It was designed to be safe, pleasant and convenient for pedestrians, bicyclists and riders of public transportation. Additionally, the Ortiz Center is energy efficient, respects existing ecosystems and natural resources, reuses an existing site, and captures abundant natural light and ventilation. Materials from the previous building were recycled into another project.