Cheyenne and Arapaho El Reno Indian Health Service Clinic

By on August 2, 2022

Design of a new 16,000 sf Clinic to serve tribal citizens in the area surrounding El Reno, OK. The design is reflective of Cheyenne and Arapaho culture. A visioning workshop conducted by Anishinabe Design determined the appropriate treatment of cultural aspects included in the design. A biophilic approach incorporates a healthy mind, body, and spirit in the interior spaces of the building, with colors of healing medicine and landscape as the palette. The exterior design characterizes a sweeping curvilinear entry canopy that protects patients from inclement weather while allowing north light to permeate the lobby. The remainder of the exterior uses stone to symbolize the native materials in the region. The services provided are; a greeter, registration, dental, physical therapy, optometry, primary care, laboratory, pharmacy, radiology, and staff support areas. The staff conference room also serves as an ICC 500 Safe Room with a capacity of 50. The East facing entry features automatic swinging doors. Numerous HVAC safety-related systems, including a dedicated outside air system, Hepa filtration, needle-point bi-polarization, and UV light treatments kill or neutralize air-borne pathogens. Before completion, the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes and IHS have engaged the design team to design a 5,000 sf addition to the NW and a 2,000 sf addition to the SE. The additions will include; behavioral health, audiology, staff offices, and additional dental and primary care rooms, thus maximizing the building area on the site.