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and largest healthcare provider serving the city's LGBTQ community, Mazzoni
Center began as an all-volunteer clinic in 1979. As the
need for comprehensive health and social services
grew, so did the organization. Today, Mazzoni Center
supports more than 35,000 individuals a year with
services encompassing the full spectrum of health
and wellness, including primary care, counseling and
recovery, HIV prevention and treatment, psychosocial services, legal
support, education, and outreach.
For all the comprehensive services provided (and despite its name),
the organization lacked a "center." Its services and administrative functions were spread across several city buildings, all filled to capacity. In
order to grow, Mazzoni Center needed a new home. Coscia Moos Architecture (Philadelphia) was engaged by developer Alterra Property
Group (Philadelphia) to transform a former two-story office building
into Mazzoni Center's new multipurpose headquarters, which opened
in summer 2017.
The shared goal was to create an efficient, organized, and welcoming
facility that would for the first time support all services under one roof
HILADELPHIA'S OLDEST

A B O VE : Mazzoni Center
offers eight flexible
touchdown desks for
part-time employees. Each
employee has a personal
rolling file pedestal that
can be moved next to
a desk for convenience
or aligned beneath the
window as a bench.
R IG H T: The first-floor
counseling suite features
a demountable partition
system, allowing the
space to be easily and
economically reconfigured,
if needs change in the
future. Private counseling
rooms use soft seating
and wood-grain laminate
finishes in combination
with colorful rugs and
decorations.

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as an LGBTQ community center. The complex
mix of healthcare and social services-along
with the administrative and executive staffs
required to keep that mix running-made for a
programmatic challenge. To expand vertically,
the building also required removal of its existing column grid, insertion of a new structural
steel framework, and helical piles driven deep
into Philadelphia's notoriously unstable soil.
Once the building was structurally sound,
Coscia Moos organized it according to privacy
concerns, orienting more public-facing spaces-
a food bank, outpatient therapy rooms, and the
pharmacy-on the first floor. The healthcare
practice is located on the second floor. Executive
offices and meeting space appear on the third
floor, while administrative functions take the
top floor.
Privacy, safety, and comfort became touchstones of the design. Minimizing sound transmission between counseling rooms, replacing
traditional stall restrooms with gender-neutral
individual restrooms, placing like services
together for staff collaboration and coordination, and selecting colorful and comfortable
furnishings all contribute to a welcoming environment. The architecture emphasizes flexibility, too; for example, demountable partitions
frame a counseling suite that can be reconfigured economically in the future.
Weekly meetings were conducted to review
progress and make decisions in real time.
Mazzoni Center user groups often participated in those meetings, sharing input about
how their divisions operate as well as patient/
client concerns. This regular, consistent dialogue armed the design team with a better understanding of the audience and how to make
decisions that would have a positive impact on
the community.
To fulfill Mazzoni Center's goal of becoming
a community center, a Town Hall was incorporated into the design. The 1,800-square-foot
all-purpose meeting room adjacent to a staff
café and outdoor space can be used for internal
or external programming, meetings, or events.
It provides an opportunity to welcome the public and foster stronger relationships within and
outside the LGBTQ community.-David Moos,
principal, Coscia Moos Architecture

MORE ONLINE: For more images of the
project, visit HCDmagazine.com/mazzonicenter.

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