The contractor for Lone Star Circle of Care at Taylor is getting some recognition in the construction world for transforming a long-abandoned school into the Taylor clinic.
IE2 Construction won the Historic Renovation award and the Health Care Construction award at an Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) ceremony in Austin last week. Winners of the Outstanding Construction Awards competition are judged based on the difficulty in construction; unusual construction techniques involved; final appearance and quality of the finished product; and timeliness of completion.
It was quite a big task for IE2 to renovate the Taylor West End School. The school opened in the 1920s but was eventually abandoned in the 1980s. Due to the age of the building and it being left dormant for almost 40 years, it needed a lot of work to transform it into a modern health care clinic. IE2 had to gut the interior of the school, remove hazardous waste, reskin the exterior, and add an elevator to make the building more accessible to patients. Despite all the renovations, they were able to preserve the historic character of the building.
The Lone Star Circle of Care at Taylor clinic opened in February 2022 with nine exam rooms and two behavioral health offices. The clinic currently offers Family Medicine and Pediatric services. During its first year in operation, the clinic served approximately 4,800 patients.
The clinic is a crucial part of Project Headwaters which is a multi-generational approach to offer medical, health, and social services to the Taylor community. Project Headwaters includes collaboration between the Taylor clinic, a Meals on Wheels program and Senior Center that’s also located in the building, and a Head Start program next door.
The opening of the Taylor clinic wouldn’t have been possible without community partnerships, support from stakeholders, and our amazing staff!