The mission of Primary Health is to provide the communities it serves with high quality healthcare services that are located conveniently and accessed easily. As architect for multiple Primary Health clinics in the Treasure Valley, Steve Trout has worked to develop a flexible approach to the ideal health care facility. Unique circumstances, imposed by the stringent criteria of Eagle Planning and Zoning, required creative problem solving under significant budgetary and time constraints. As a city requisite, new construction in Eagle must have historical reference. To meet this criteria, Trout chose to have the exterior of the building resemble an old-fashioned doctors office. This was basically a rural house, as the doctor’s office and home were frequently one and the same structure. Trout Architects believed that a modern approach to the therapeutic environment was also required to create a space programmed properly for patients, doctors and support staff. The result is a marriage of past and present in a space that facilitates comfortable circulation, effective lighting and appropriately designed rooms.
Primary Health – General
Over the span of ten years Trout Architects/Chartered has designed and constructed over ten medical clinics for Primary Health Inc., a Boise, Idaho based medical services provider. Most of these medical clinics were built to house immediate care and appointment based family practice physicians. Typically, these buildings contain 4,500 to 6,500 square feet in space. In addition to patient exam rooms, all Primary Health clinics have specialized medical rooms and suites for trauma, procedure room, and x-ray.
From the first clinic, Trout Architects/Chartered has worked with the staff at Primary Health to develop highly functional clinics. Patient, nurse, and physician circulation paths were analyzed for privacy as well as function. Storage rooms and file areas were constantly reviewed for the best location for security and confidentiality. Through the process of discovery, Trout Architects/Chartered along with Primary Health have developed clinics that are extremely efficient as well as comfortable to visit and work within.
Design Team: Steve Trout, Elizabeth Young, Dave Bliss