Navajo unveils Shepley Bulfinch-designed county complex
The new South County Complex includes a new community health centre, which provides residents centralised access to healthcare in a contemporary environment and doubles the space of the previous clinic. Shepley Bulfinch has designed the facility to complement the region’s vernacular building type. The design reflects the local climate, with plans to utilise solar power to provide nearly 50% of power consumption at peak periods. The Frontier Conference Room, a large community assembly/multi-purpose room, opens up to an outdoor terrace and pavilion, and has been designed to serve as an emergency operations centre. The health centre forms a new county campus with three existing buildings, which will be renovated to house other administrative offices. The ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new community centre and administrative campus was held on 28 September 2010. The new complex is the result of the multi-year effort by Navajo County to make services more convenient and accessible than ever before, by consolidating county services into one convenient location. The campus is located near the city’s athletic fields and across from City Hall and Show Low’s new public library, which was designed by the firm and dedicated in August 2010. The projects were completed as part of the implementation of the firm’s masterplan for the White Mountain community.