NCNM Campus Update – Aug. 20, 2009

The Countdown Begins

The NCNM Clinic will soon fling its doors open with exuberance. Clinic operations are presently closed for appointments to allow the staff to set up the new clinic and get ready to open the doors on Monday, August 24th.

The clinic staff has been moving in the laboratory, medicinary, furniture, medical and office equipment; NCNM Clinic will soon house all the familiar plants, artwork and other artifacts from NCNM’s former Pettygrove Clinic and Natural Health Center—the little touches that made those clinics so special to thousands of patients through the years.

Here’s an update on what’s new since the last newsletter.

Nearly Ready for Primetime
The new clinic went through a remarkable transformation in the last month. Most of the construction crew packed up, and workmen are applying the final cosmetic touch-ups inside and out. The clinic and retaining walls are freshly painted. The parking lot has a fresh layer of asphalt and sealant, with fresh white parking lines for plenty of cars. The area behind the new clinic has been cleared away of rubble from the now-demolished condemned building (and nearly all the rubble was recycled), and a fresh layer of topsoil now awaits what will soon become the new Min Zidell Garden. All the last minute tests and rechecks have been passing with flying colors.

There are other new signs of progress in and around the new NCNM Clinic:

  • Across from the clinic on Water Avenue (next to the little Red House), we now have a large new parking lot that will soon become available for staff and others.
  • We’ll soon see the new NCNM Clinic signage on the Corbett and Porter Street sides of the new building.
  • Sometime in the next week, fresh paint will brighten up the sad exterior of the warehouse building on the corner of Water and Porter Street, which will become another NCNM facility in the not-too-distant future.

NCNM extends our heartfelt thanks to its friends and supporters who generously gave of their time and resources:

  • Miller Paint Co. donated about $50,000 worth of exterior and interior paint for the entire project.
  • Architectural firm Hennebery & Eddy donated nearly $10,000 for the design charrette, the first step students and faculty took to plan the layout of the new clinic.
  • R&H Construction contributed $10,000 in construction costs.
  • Northwest Control Co. donated about $5,000 in engineering for the new HVAC system.
  • CF&I Flooring Company donated the beautiful (and sustainable) flooring in the Qigong room.
  • Sanchez Landscapers donated free tree trimming.
  • Office furniture was donated by Accurate Furniture Installations of Portland
  • Welch Allyn, a leading manufacturer of frontline medical diagnostic equipment and health care products for physicians and clinics, generously donated medical equipment
  • The Zidell family is donating $150,000 toward the proposed Min Zidell Garden. Note: The landscaping of the garden will go through a Request for Proposal (RFP) process sometime in September. We’ll have more information about the RFP bid process (and the outcome) in the coming weeks.

Grand Opening
KOIN Channel 6 TV crews will arrive on Friday, Aug. 28, to film two 15-second TV commercial spots. These ads will air in September prior to the NCNM Clinic’s Grand Opening celebration, which is now planned for Friday, Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. The details about the Grand Opening are being finalized after the AANP Convention. Stay tuned for more!

Check out our Web site for more info and construction photos! Stay tuned for more developments in upcoming installments of the NCNM Campus Expansion Update.

Corbett Street view of NCNM Clinic

The NCNM medicinary and reception desk

NCNM Clinic Staff taking a breather during the move