Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon (PPSO) is busy moving into its new regional Health & Education Center at 3579 Franklin Blvd., in Glenwood, and will open its doors to the public at 10:30 am Tuesday, Sept. 4. The long-awaited new facility consolidates the Eugene High Street center, the Eugene administrative offices and the Springfield Q Street center, but other sites, including the Bethel Express Health Clinic, will remain open.
“Opening this new center is a huge asset to our community,” says Marilyn Helton, vice president of patient services at PPSO. “It allows us to provide essential preventive health care services to 50 percent more people throughout the Eugene-Springfield area.” PPSO’s health services include annual exams, birth control, cancer screenings, STD testing and treatment and HPV vaccinating.
CEO Cynthia Pappas says this is the first significant new building in Glenwood in 30 years. “We look forward to being part of the transformation of Glenwood,” she says.
The new 20,000 sq. ft. center is designed to be LEED certified silver and has many unique green features, including a gray water cistern, geothermal heat wells, a partial green roof and the largest permeable pavement parking lot in Oregon. Carl Sherwood of Robertson Sherwood Architects is the principal architect and Scott Stolarczyk is the project architect. “Our goal was to create a light-filled and open environment, trying to bring in as much daylight as possible and provide views if possible, while still maintaining client privacy,” Stolarczyk says. “Energy efficiency was also an important aspect of the project, and so to that effect the building is energy modeled to be about 22 percent more energy efficient than the already stringent Oregon Energy Code requires.” He adds, “I’ve heard from the staff who have started to move in; they are loving the space.”