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River Region Health Center, Montgomery, Ala.

River _region _health _centerDesigned by Chambless King Architects, the 50,000-square-foot clinic features 17,100 square feet of Alcoa Architectural Products' 4-mm Reynobond aluminum composite material (ACM) with an FR core on the façade, cornice features, accent bands and column covers in a Design Line Mahogany Brown wood grain finish, Brite Silver Metallic Colorweld 500 finish and Classic Bronze Colorweld 500 finish. The Reynobond panels with the rich Mahogany Brown wood grain Design Line finish were used to clad the one-story façade, drawing the warmth of the wood outside to respond to the residential neighborhood it faces. The architects specified that the Design Line panels be installed in the Reynobond Face Fastened Solution installation system for the unique detail the European-style exposed fastener system added to the façade.

Metallic finishes were used on the rest of the building to accentuate the institutional nature of the clinic. "The building is a series of large gestures," says John Chambless, AIA, principal of Chambless King. "To work, it had to have beautiful, sharp edges and angles that can only be achieved with ACM, and wall panels that are perfectly flat with no oil canning." The clinic is on track for LEED Gold certification.

The main priority of the project's architect was to create a structure with clean lines and hard edges that would provide a warm and welcoming environment for both patients and staff. Their plan for the clinic, shaped by the sloping site, starts with a two-story structure with an institutional nature on one side that transitions to a single-story structure on the other side with a softer, human scale.

The health center opened in December 2011 and provides comprehensive medical care for a wide range of patients, including affordable primary, preventable and wellness care and specialties such as OBGYN, psychiatry, podiatry, X-ray and dentistry. It is the only Federally Qualified Health Center in Alabama to be co-located with a not-forprofit hospital.

Owner: Health Services Inc., Montgomery

General contractor: Argo Building Co., Birmingham, Ala.

Architect: Chambless King Architects, Montgomery

Fabricator/installer: Peachtree Protective Covers, Hiram, Ga.

Metal wall panels: Alcoa Architectural Products, Eastman, Ga.,,