In support of the “active treatment” model of care, the facility is designed as a “treatment campus” utilising the entire site to maximise patients’ exposure to mental health treatment. The Bridge Building, housing a “treatment mall” of diagnostic, activity, dining, recreational, and educational functions, is both a literal and a metaphorical bridge, spanning a swale that crosses the campus and providing a highly salient access point through which all patients pass.
Patient care units meet individual needs, offering private patient rooms that accommodate “rooming-in” family members. A unique “front yard, backyard, courtyard” design allows the landscape to permeate the interior of each patient unit, affording every patient direct access to multiple landscapes; a connection to nature that offers patients a “grounding” effect to monitor the passage of time, weather and seasonal changes.
A symbolic point of arrival and departure, the lobby is a two-storey glass enclosed space, with views to the creek, bridge and woods. Public outreach helps eliminate the stigma associated with mental illness. Major assembly and staff training areas are used by patients and staff during the day and the community after hours. The dining room, with cathedral ceiling, features a stone fireplace that represents the warmth and comfort of home, enjoyable from either the outdoor terrace or dining room.