North Kostner Health Center

1520 N. Kostner, Chicago, Illinois / United States of America

Near North Health Service Corporation proceeded the Affordable Care Act in providing services for all clients regardless of income and insurance.  Near North Health Service Corporation is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) that expanded their mission statement to include an environment for health and wellness. The health center is in the Menards' outparcel and is located at 1520 N. Kostner Avenue in the West Humboldt Park neighborhood in Chicago.  The health center is approximately 29,489.75 square feet and includes, but not limited to, program services such as Internal Medicine, Maternal & Child Health, WIC/Nutrition, Dental, Ophthalmology, and Substance Abuse along with other health and educational programs.

The primary design issues were site visibility and the creation of an environment for health and wellness.  The building design solution evolved into a two-story masonry veneer envelope with a steel frame structure that includes an interior landscaped courtyard constructed of glass curtain walls that is visible throughout the public spaces and maximizes fenestration.  The landscape layout is meant to create a serene environment that is essential to the client’s mission statement.

The main east elevation, which faces Kostner Avenue, contains the building entrance that is highlighted by the introduction of an oversized canopy which acts as a dual function element in providing shelter and land marking.  A second floor conference room clad with blue metal panels enhances the health center’s main entrance. Yellow face brick tower denotes location of the stair and elevator.  A glass curtain wall completes the main east façade of the building.   The building has green design features such as low VOC finishes, double pane low-e glazing, geothermal wells, green roof and reflective roof surfaces.  Other amenities include outdoor seating areas, bicycle racks, and a roof top trellis area.

Building is USBGC - LEED certified at Gold Level.

Architect of Record

Johnson & Lee, Ltd.


Near North Health Services Corporation

General Contractor

Powers & Sons Construction, Inc.


  • Galloway, LTd.
  • McKay Landscape Architects
  • Matrix Engineering Corporation