The tribe recently selected MulvannyG2 Architecture to design the master site plan for the proposed new 30,000-square-foot Nimiipuu Health Center. The master site plan places the new health center across the street from the existing health center in Lapwai, near Lewiston. The new facility will be three to four times larger than the existing health center and will provide numerous services, including medical, dental, diagnostic imaging, a full laboratory, community health, and behavioral health. "One of the driving forces behind this new clinic is the need for expanded medical services so tribal members don't have to go all the way to Lewiston for multiple treatments," said Bob Weisenbach, MulvannyG2 principal and lead designer of the project. "The other driving force is including all the various departments under one roof to improve patient care and staff efficiency. The Nez Perce heritage is rich in visual symbols of a culture that has lived in this region for thousands of years," he said. "Corn husk weaving for purses and baskets is a very important part of the Nez Perce culture and there may be opportunities to express these designs in this new health facility."
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