Community Health and Social Services (CHASS)

Detroit, Michigan

Medical Office Building


  • Community. For 42 years, CHASS has quietly gone about its mission of providing high quality, affordable and accessible healthcare to the residents of Detroit. This care has been available regardless of ability to pay.

  • CHASS and the Henry Ford Health System have forged a partnership unique in the country and in so doing provides patients -- particularly the underinsured and uninsured -- a “medical home” so critical to reducing inappropriate emergency room use and soaring health care costs.
  • Instead of building in another location, or occupying a different building somewhere else, the leadership at CHASS made the conscious choice to remain at their Fort Street address in southwest Detroit and build an entirely new facility on their property.
  • The masonry exterior is a durable, regional material that, in conjunction with punched window openings, provides natural light while maintaining privacy and security. Portions of the building prominently feature a glass and aluminum framed two-story circulation and waiting space.
  • The stair tower immediately adjacent to Fort Street is clad in Belden’s Smooth Red Glazed Brick and serves as a beacon for approaching visitors. The other stair tower is also clad in red glazed brick and signals the building’s entrance. Together, the stair towers anchor the building to the site.
  • Functions of the new, two-story, facility are organized around an enclosed central healing garden that serves as a common waiting and children’s play area. This space is designed to easily accommodate various community meetings and activities as well.
  • The number of exam rooms has increased from 11 in the previous facility to 26. The number of doctors has increased from 4 to 12. The projected number of patient encounters is predicted to rise from 25,000 to 64,000 annually.
  • In addition to the exam and support space, the first floor features four medical procedure rooms, an expanded pharmacy, dental suite with six chairs, and WIC offices.
  • Part of the second floor is reserved for CHASS’ administrative offices. The balance includes a large conference area that is dividable into five smaller rooms, meeting spaces, community demonstration kitchen, indoor walking track with cork flooring, and social service offices.
  • A new demonstration kitchen is used for nutritional education as well as community events.

people involved in this project:

Ronald W. Herzog

Project Management

Ronald M. Siehda

Electrical Engineering