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Buchanan County Health Center
Independence, IA

This new two-story outpatient clinic addition in Northeast Iowa employs a formally simple diagram as a counterpoint to the existing 1960s critical access hospital. Its orientation maximizes the view, utilizes natural daylighting strategies and emphasizes wellness in every aspect of the design.





New Exam Rooms
59,300 sq. ft.
Type of Façade
Ipe and Zinc
Jason DeVries

The team developed planning that relies less on signage and more on architectural visual cues to identify routes and pathways for patients, staff, and guests. The color and materials used for the exterior design—Ipé cladding, zinc panels and glass—as well as the warm neutral colors found within the neighboring landscape, are all drawn into the interior to offer an enticing natural setting for patients and guests. As a whole, the design emanates light and serves as a beacon for the hospital and the community.

TEAM MEMBERS: Jason DevriesAngie Nees, Xianli Zeng, David Reid, Becky Hansel, Eric Ritland, Tim Turnis, Mark Schmidt.

I had the pleasure of working with the INVISION team throughout the SD/DD process and was very impressed with how they responded to the needs of their client. We worked together to develop a plan that was economical and efficient for the hospital yet inviting for the client. We worked with INVISION to ensure that the design would not interrupt the hospital’s daily operation.
- Doug Larson Owner/Manager, Larson Construction
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