Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center
Retrofit recasts an old bank as a community health center
Chicago-based Erie Family Health Center wanted to open a community health center in Lake County, Illinois, where nearly 150,000 residents lack access to medical and dental care. The organization purchased a bank in Waukegan, the county seat. The transformation would not be easy: the 40-year-old building was dark and inward-focused.
Today, the Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center stands as a community-sensitive portal to care that annually provides medical and dental services to over 12,500 Lake County residents, regardless of their ability to pay. The design welcomes the community and celebrates the facility’s origins.
- A display window brings natural light deep into the building. At night, the box glows with activity and reveals to passersby the Erie brand with its vibrant color scheme.
- A grand stair within the display window proved more cost-effective and code compliant than renovating the existing stair.
- Refurbished bank vault doors appear in the corridors.
- Safe deposit boxes line the staff break room.