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Pueblo Community Health Center's East Side Clinic

Pueblo, Colorado

"It (Zero Energy) is an aspect of the project I mention every chance I can, and I think it will shine a very positive light on PCHC and the Pueblo community. I’m very proud that we are delivering this project and achieving such impactful beneficial goals as a result.”

Donald Moore, Chief Executive Officer, Pueblo Community Health Center


Connecting through experience of place.

After completing a master plan for the Pueblo Community Health Center (PCHC), RTA was retained to design a new health care clinic in Pueblo. This new clinic will provide much needed health care services, conveniently located in one building, to serve the large amount of PCHC patients on the city’s East Side.


Ever curious. Ever learning. Ever improving.

RTA worked closely with Pueblo Community Health Center leadership, staff, stakeholders, and the Pueblo’s East Side community to create a design that will benefit the community for years to come. Throughout the course of numerous user group and community meetings, the team identified the goal of designing the building to meet Zero Energy Building standards to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, significantly reduce energy usage and operating costs, and to set a new standard in outpatient clinic design. The new East Side clinic will be the first Zero Energy outpatient clinic in the state of Colorado, and possibly the entire country, upon its verification according to the New Buidings Institute (NBI).


Purposeful, engaging solutions.

The new three-story health clinic features extensive natural light and a brick exterior reminiscent of Pueblo’s historic buildings. It will have 78 exam rooms offering a full range of medical services, open and collaborative clinical pod layout, meeting space, and shell space for future expansion. A bright open layout paired with exceptional energy efficient-design will give Pueblo’s East side a truly state-of-the-art new clinic. The clinic is expected to open in 2021.

Project Details

Size: 63,000 sf (est)
Cost: $23M (est)

Design Details

  • Highly collaborative design process
  • Extensive natural light
  • Three-story atrium
  • Zero Energy design: triple glazed fiberglass windows, sun shades, geothermal heating/cooling system, and 280 kW PV array
  • Entry canopy and drop off lane for elderly and ADA patients
  • Open and collaborative clinical pod layout
  • Waiting, reception, and circulation areas
  • Primary Care, Clinical Laboratory, Pharmacy, Dental, Behavioral Health, Outreach, Registration.
  • Clinical administrative support areas
  • Shell space for future growth


  • 2021 CSI Environmental Stewardship Award, presented by the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI)