New facility to provide contemporary psychiatric treatment in a residential setting and increase community support
Three design firms (Arrasmith, Judd, Rapp, Chovan, Inc. [Prime Architects] with architecture+ and Smith Group [Associated Architects]) collaborated to program and design this new psychiatric care replacement facility. The brief was to provide contemporary psychiatric treatment while increasing community support and thereby reducing the need for hospitalisation or the length of stay when hospitalisation is required.
The 29-acre site offers scenic views of an adjacent state park and a dramatic slope towards a nearby stream. The design, although modern, reflects the area’s heritage and traditional character. The material and color selections reflect the immediate surroundings to ground the project to the community it serves. The 300,000 sq ft facility offers 170 inpatient psychiatric beds as well as specialised services for individuals with acquired brain injuries, individuals with psychiatric disabilities requiring nursing facility level of care, and forensic mental health services.
The building's planning is organised around the notion of a village offers patients various levels of personal privacy along with a familiarity more like residential and less like institutional surroundings. Strategically located staff areas allow for ease of observation and minimise effort in the form of travel distance. Four courtyards are located within the hospital facility and will be used for passive activities such as relaxation, socialising, and therapy. This project also includes three 11,000 sq ft, 16-bed personal care homes that offer a less restrictive level of care and promotes patients’ return to a community setting. These personal care homes will provide residential psychiatric services and serve as a step-down from the acute care setting.
This project registered with the LEED certification goal of Silver. the architects reduced energy needs by optimising daylighting, maximising winter solar thermal gain and minimising summer solar thermal gain. Natural wind patterns are used to determine the building's orientation, form and articulation.