PHOTO TOUR: Friend Health Center
Friend Family Health Center: Created by Rahmaan Statik Barnes, a mural on the exterior of the facility celebrates the history and diversity of the Woodlawn community.
Friend Family Health Center: The waiting room and community space features colorful stripes on the floors to simulate movement throughout the facility. Photographs of patients are featured on the walls to represent unity and community involvement in the center.
Friend Family Health Center: A staff break area includes various seating options, employee lockers, and a small kitchen equipped with a microwave and refrigerator. Large windows allow for visual access to the outside of the facility.
Friend Family Health Center: An informational desk strategically placed in a high-traffic entrance area with easy access to the pharmacy and healthy-eating cafe. Here, visitors can ask questions about specific medical services, use of group classrooms, and what else the facility has to offer.
Friend Family Health Center: A private, segmented check-in area allows patients to speak openly to their healthcare provider. There’s a calming, gray theme throughout the space with welcoming photography featured in the hallway to reiterate the concept of a community-first facility.
Friend Health wanted to establish a project that serves medically underserved areas within Chicago’s neighborhoods, particularly in the city’s South Side area.
The resulting Friend Family Health Center in the Woodlawn neighborhood is certified as a Federally Qualified Health Center that provides low-cost services to residents in need, regardless of insurance, financial status, or immigration status.
Designed by Moody Nolan (Chicago) and built by construction firm Powers and Sons (Chicago), the project spans two stories and displays a welcoming facade to the neighborhood. The building entrances are aligned with public transportation routes to encourage accessibility.
A mural on the exterior of the facility celebrates the history and diversity of the Woodlawn community, as well. Painted by local muralist Rahmaan Statik Barnes, the piece uses warmth, color, and connectedness to feature “living legends” from Woodlawn, including Pemon Rami, Takalayah Barnes, Atiyah RunTings, Afrika Porter, Lesle Honore, Rahmaan Statik, and Masequa Myers.
The celebration of local culture continues inside, where a large-scale history wall is filled with the cultural roots of Woodlawn.
The first floor of the facility includes a full-service pharmacy, a locally owned healthy cafe, group classrooms, and obstetrics and gynecology services. A majority of this space will serve as an education hub for the community, welcoming speakers, community groups, meetings, training and others.
The second floor houses several clinical service lines including family medicine, pediatrics, and behavioral health. Overall, the new facility can accommodate 35,000 patients annually with over 40 exam rooms across specialties.
The Friend Family Health Center was developed by DL3 Realty (Chicago).
Project details for Friend Family Health Center:
Completion date: 2022
Owner: Friend Health
Total building area: 30,000 sq. ft.
Total construction cost: $14 million
Cost/sq. Ft.: $466.67/sq.ft
Architecture firm: Moody Nolan
Builder: Powers and Sons