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New AIA/AAH "benchmarking" Case Study - CCC Blackburn Center

  • 1.  New AIA/AAH "benchmarking" Case Study - CCC Blackburn Center

    Posted 06-29-2020 12:19 PM
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    The AIA Academy of Architecture for Health's Research Initiatives Committee has just downloaded another new "bench-marking" case study.   This 2018 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award winning project is the CCC Blackburn Center in Portland, Oregon by Ankrom Moisan Architects.  This project is a very interesting because of its integration of community clinics and services along with its affordable and homeless housing units, and it seems particularly relevant in today's current environment.  To peak your interest, we have attached the first 2-page spread introduction for the CCC Blackburn Center.  Go to the Library to see the rest of this Case Study.

    Per the Ankrom Moisom website:

    Central City Concern, a local nonprofit founded in 1979, serves adults and families in the Portland area experiencing homelessness, poverty, and addiction. The agency helps more than 13,000 people per year.

    The Blackburn Building, aka Eastside Health Center, is one of only five facilities in North America to integrate clinical services with transitional housing, palliative services and respite housing under one roof. Ankrom Moisan provided architectural and interior design services for this groundbreaking project. The facility is part of an unprecedented collaboration between six Oregon healthcare organizations who pooled $21.5 million to respond to Portland's urgent challenges with affordable housing, homelessness, and healthcare.

    The concept for the facility explores the importance of feeling at home, creating a sense of comfort, community and safety to nurture and support personal transformation and recovery. The design backs CCC's mission to care for a vulnerable population by providing a complex program for housing, case management, clinical care, hospice, and other services to support stabilization for rebuilding lives.

    The American Institute of Architects recognized the project as one of the best in the nation, awarding it a 2018 AIA/AAH Healthcare Design Award.

    We now have thirty (30) Case Studies of the 2013 through 2018 Award Winning Projects in the Library.  We have drafted several more of the 2018 and 2019 Award Winning projects Case Studies and several of those will be submitted over the next few weeks.

    Go to and click on Case Studies Quick Link on the left of the page to access the Case Study Library.

    Respectfully Yours,


    Byron M. Edwards III, AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP
    Chair – AIA/AAH Research Initiatives Committee

    Professor of Practice
    Graduate Studies in Architecture + Health
    Clemson University
    2-143 Lee Hall
    Clemson, SC 2963

    Byron Edwards AIA, ACHA, EDAC, LEED AP
    Professor of Practice
    School of Architecture, Clemson University
    Pendleton SC

  • 2.  RE: New AIA/AAH "benchmarking" Case Study - CCC Blackburn Center

    Posted 06-30-2020 05:28 PM
    The benchmarking studies are looking great Byron and team. Awesome resource!

    Southern Ellis, AIA
    Vice President
    HKS, Inc.
    Board Member - AIA Academy of Architecture for Health


  • 3.  RE: New AIA/AAH "benchmarking" Case Study - CCC Blackburn Center

    Posted 06-30-2020 05:57 PM
    Thanks, Southern!

    Sent from my iPhone