Californians dub newly-elected Arnold Schwarzenegger the “Governator” as the US starts the longest war in post-9/11 history with a “shock and awe” campaign consisting of massive air strikes on military targets in Iraq. Helping to distract and entertain us, Americans flock to see a dazzling new computer animated film from Pixar--“Finding Nemo,” a heart-rending tale about a fish in search of its long-lost offspring. Meanwhile, Johnny Depp swaggers as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl,” as Beyoncé hits the top of the charts with “Dangerously in Love.”
In 2003, South of Market Health Center (SOMHC) completed a rehab of its medical and dental clinic with help from AND’s architecture services. Located in the heart of SoMa, SOMHC was originally created to serve low-income inner-city residents, many of whom were homeless or lived in SROs on nearby 6th St.’s skid row. Founded in 1973 by community members with help from the City’s Dept. of Public Health, SOMHC provided comprehensive health care for the underserved with dignity, compassion and cultural sensitivity.
AND worked with SOMHC staff in renovating the existing two-story building to provide needed security and to meet privacy regulations required by federal law. We also upgraded lab and exam rooms and created a warmer, more welcoming space for clientele and staff.
Ground floor reception areas were completely revamped with a redesign of the front desk area to improve the waiting room experience while accommodating computer terminals and increased filing and storage capacity. Low security doors gave staff better control over patient admissions, while maintaining visual connections between spaces. Hallways and other spaces were redone to create a calming ambiance.
The second floor dental and women's clinic received similar enhancements. A brand new reception area and office were built. AND designed new dental exam and lab rooms to be more accessible, while new equipment and modern finishes improved usability and appearance.
In 2011, SOMHC reached a milestone with the opening of a new home in Westbrook Plaza, a joint project with Mercy Housing California. The development, just blocks away from its original clinic, included a state-of-the-art facility and 49 units of affordable family housing. AND is honored to be a part of SOMHC’s history, helping fulfill its mission to provide quality health care to San Francisco’s most vulnerable.