State’s Largest HIV Clinic Relocating, Expanding
Vivent Health moving from Plankinton Ave. to former MATC building on 6th and McKinley.
Vivent Health announced Tuesday that it is relocating its HIV clinic to 1311 N. 6th St., expanding its capacity by more than 20%.
“The need for HIV services is at an all-time high,” said Michael J. Gifford, Vivient president and CEO, in a statement. “This new facility will launch us forward to meet that need and begin to end the HIV epidemic in Wisconsin through expanded and effective HIV prevention, care and treatment services.”
The nonprofit organization is leasing 46,277 square feet of space from The Druml Company. It will take over a building most recently leased by Milwaukee Area Technical College. The building is across the street from the Deer District and the planned new home for the Milwaukee Public Museum.
The organization will relocate its clinic 0.7 miles northwest from 814 N. Plankinton Ave. Its corporate and administrative offices will remain at the ASQ Center, 648 N. Plankinton Ave. Through a series of mergers, Vivent operates clinics in Austin, Denver, St. Louis, Kansas City and Wisconsin.
The $9 million Milwaukee clinic project is being designed by Quorum Architects. Tri-North is leading the general contracting. Work is expected to start on Aug. 15 with a project move-in date of April 1, 2023.
Vivent reports that 95% of its patients have achieved viral suppression, a measurable point at which HIV-positive patients are not at risk of transmitting the disease to others. It reports that this exceeds the national average of 88%. More significantly, Vivent reports that 93% of Black patients have reached viral suppression, which exceeds a national average of 61% reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The move was first rumored in 2021, when Druml sought a zoning change to enable a broader series of uses for the property. Building permits for the project were first sought in February.
The building where Vivent will now be located was originally constructed in 1926 by The Milwaukee Journal.
The Vivent space includes a surface parking lot to the north of the building, 1325 N. 6th St. The west side of the Vivent building includes a two-story addition that is leased to other tenants and faces N. 7th St. It includes access to a Druml-owned surface parking lot to the west at 724 W. McKinley Ave. A building permit indicates the Department of Corrections is also leasing space in the future Vivent building.
Druml owns a number of other nearby properties, including a one-story office building leased to Layer One Media at 623 W. Vliet St., a one-story industrial facility at 1354 N. 7th St. and an office building at 1322 N. 8th St.
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