Erie HealthReach Waukegan Health Center

Waukegan, Illinois / United States of America

A retrofit recasts an old bank as a community health center that provides affordable care to an underserved region. Before construction, the forty-year-old building was dark and inward-focused, with its heavy use of hardwood paneling, marble, and granite. The renewed interiors, fusing the client’s color scheme with contemporary materials, welcome the community and celebrate the facility’s origins. A glass “bump-out” featuring the organization’s family-focused logo houses a grand stair, bringing natural light deep into the building. Photos of the owner’s diverse staff and clientele line the corridors. Deliberately preserved bank relics ornament the 24,000-square-foot facility. Refurbished vault doors with spinning locks recall the facility’s previous role. On the lower level, safe deposit boxes offer another reminder. They also create a decorative backdrop in the lounge-like staff break room, where employees can relax in soft seating or plug in their devices at standing height counters.

Architect of Record

Legat Architects, Inc.


Erie Family Health Center

General Contractor

Skender Construction


  • Gage Consulting Engineers
  • Larson Engineering
  • McClure Engineering Associates, Inc.