Family HealthCare Center/Pence Building Renovation
Due to increasing demands for services paired with inadequate facilities, The Family Healthcare Center (FHC) relocated to the historic Pence Automobile Building in downtown Fargo. The building was constructed in 1919 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The project included the remodeling of the historic structure, along with the three buildings directly West; 307, 309, and 311 NP Avenue. The project represents an increase of existing capacity from 27,000 to 50,000 sq. ft. and resulted in 33 medical exam rooms (adding 19 to the current number), 7 dental operatories (adding 5), and additional space for pharmacy, lab, x-ray, behavioral health services, community programs, a wellness center, administrative offices, and meeting areas. In order to use resources more efficiently, the project brought all three Fargo sites under one roof, including the main medical and dental clinic, Homeless Health Services, and the administration offices.
Throughout the design/construction process, special attention was paid to retaining historic elements of the building, yet still provided a clean environment needed for clinical services. Many original materials were uncovered/salvaged/refinished, including masonry, ornamental metalwork, terra cotta, exterior painted building signage, terrazzo, and natural stone. The structure was designed to meet rigorous National Park Service guidelines and utilized historic tax credits.