Tucked away in Eastern Oregon’s pastoral setting, Hearts for Health was inspired by two Wallowa Valley healthcare organizations wanting to do more to destigmatize mental health and wellness perceptions that often create barriers in rural communities.
The forward-thinking approach to this new facility is the vision of Wallowa Valley Center for Wellness and Winding Waters Medical Clinic. The two non-profit healthcare providers partnered to create a clinic that offers mental health, medical, dental, and educational services to residents around the Wallowa Valley.
Built across the street from the hospital, physical therapy, and senior living, the center conveniently locates primary care, dental, and mental and behavioral health care in one spot, increasing coordination between providers of these services. Included are five new exam rooms, four dental treatment rooms, 14 counseling rooms, and educational and community spaces. A teaching kitchen was created to host nutrition classes, and a large meeting space with integrated technology can host events, training, exercise classes, and other in-demand services.
Säzän Group provided MEP, energy modeling, lighting design, and fire protection design-build support. Our energy modeling services met Energy Trust of Oregon requirements to achieve incentives for the owner. This included modeling insulation options, a VRF system with Energy Recover Ventilator, and two water heating systems—propane gas condensing water tank heaters and an electric tank.
Because the owner wanted to avoid the associated costs of using natural gas or storing propane on-site, we designed an all-electric mechanical system. At the time of design, this system pushed the functional boundaries of the equipment in terms of heating. The specialty equipment was designed to operate in the harsh weather conditions of eastern Oregon.