New headquarters on tap for People's Community Clinic

Dec 10, 2014
Austin Business Journal

People's Community Clinic will move into a new 54,000-square-foot headquarters in northeast Austin, with help from a $10 million grant from the St. David's Foundation. The $16 million project will give the group that serves at-risk communities a second location since it will also keep its downtown facility open

The new headquarters was formerly home of the Texas Real Estate Commission and was purchased last fall. It will be gutted and renovated, with architecture services from Studio 8 Architects and the Office of Local Architects, with contracting work overseen by Zapalac-Reed

Regina Rogoff, CEO of People's Community Clinic, said the new facility was necessary because the group's patient population is moving east. She said currently only 15 percent of its patients live within two miles of the downtown headquarters, but that number will jump to 50 percent once the move is complete

"The northeastern quadrant was where we ID'd a new headquarters should go because that is the part of Austin where there are more and more low-income and uninsured residents," she said. Approximately 125 employees in a variety of health care disciplines will be hired for the new center

The donation is the largest grant ever from St. David's Foundation, which began providing funding to PCC in 1996

"St. David's Foundation has proudly collaborated with People's Community Clinic for more than 17 years because of People's important work to provide quality health care for so many low income Austinites," Earl Maxwell, CEO of St. David's Foundation, said in a statement announcing the new headquarters. "This grant of $10 million brings the total invested by the Foundation in People's to $43 million. With this latest grant, the largest single grant in St. David's Foundation history, we demonstrate our belief in the future of People's and the importance to our community of the good work that People's is doing."

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