Project VIDA’s clinic, wellness center and administration building in El Paso, Texas provides much needed services in an economically depressed area where outdoor spaces are at a premium. Sites Southwest’s challenge was to create some additional outdoor space for the community that also met the clinic needs. That meant following the architect’s priorities for maximizing the use of an existing building and planning for a new building with a vegetative roof.
Design elements include an organic vegetable garden for cooking classes, play spaces for families waiting for clinic appointments and an outdoor classroom for learning and after school gatherings. An integrated vegetative roof design on the LEED PLATINUM Wellness and Administrative Building provides organic vegetable gardening for the wellness classes.
Sites’ design incorporates rain gardens, storm water catchment and plants to clean the captured water. Captured grey water from the building is stored in a cistern, filtered and reused for site irrigation, including the green roof. These techniques along with permeable pavement surrounding the building minimize the use of potable water for the building and site landscape.