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June 1, 2016

Old Circuit City store now Children's clinic

Photos by Aaron Leitz [enlarge]

Seattle Children's turned a 37,000-square-foot Circuit City store at 34920 Enchanted Parkway S. in Federal Way into its new South Clinic, replacing a smaller Childrens clinic at another site in Federal Way.

ZGF Architects was the architect, interior designer and landscape designer. The team also included Aldrich & Associates, contractor; Coughlin Porter Lundeen, structural engineer; Sparling, electrical engineer; and Affiliated Engineers, mechanical and plumbing engineer.

The clinic opened last summer, and houses urgent care, laboratories, X-ray, ultrasound, a pharmacy and rehabilitation therapy.

ZGF said hospitals are bringing preventive care to the suburbs, hoping residents there will require less acute care. It also costs less to build and lease outside cities.

This is the first time Seattle Children's has adapted a big-box store for a clinic, but ZGF said other hospitals have done so.

The store has wide spans between structural columns, which allows for flexible and efficient workspaces. An internal frame was installed to support electrical and mechanical systems. The frame brings the big-box ceiling down to 10 feet from 25 feet, but also allows for a basketball court that is used in rehabilitation therapy. The frame connects to bracing that was part of the seismic retrofit.

ZGF said the site required environmental abatement.

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