LAWRENCE, KS – Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health’s clinic services will temporarily be provided on the second floor of the Community Health Facility, 200 Maine Street, beginning Oct. 5 to accommodate a building renovation project. Clinic services are currently provided on the first floor and include family planning, STD testing and counseling, and immunizations. The clinic will be closed Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 for the move and will remain on the second floor until renovations to the first floor are complete.
The approximately $720,000 renovation project includes new flooring, cabinetry and paint throughout the 10,000-square-foot clinic. The pharmacy and labs will receive reconfigured cabinetry to better accommodate the way today’s health care professionals collaborate. Aged carpet will be replaced with cleanable rubber flooring. On the second floor, a new 1,200-square-foot command center will be created for public health management activities. There will be upgrades to areas such as the entrance door and reception desk so they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Gould Evans is the architect for the project, and Mar Lan Construction is providing construction management services. The renovation work is being funded with $410,000 through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act that is being distributed through Douglas County and $310,000 from public health’s reserve fund. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
“We are excited to start this project and look forward to providing best practice standards in our delivery of health care services to the public,” said Director of Clinic Services Linda Craig. “It has been 21 years since the clinic has been updated, so we are very grateful for this opportunity and look forward to sharing the results with the community once the renovation is completed.”
Currently, the second floor houses office space for staff working in the departments of community health, informatics, environmental health, child care licensing and administration. These employees will continue to provide services from home or in the community.