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The innovative design provides an environment of care that maximizes the effectiveness of clinical and rehabilitation staff, allowing the facility to operate at an optimum ratio of staff to patients.
Designer: Ellenzweig Associates, Inc.
Contractor: Gilbane Building Company
Project Type: CM at Risk
Project Cost: $302 Million
Gross Square Feet: 428,000
Substantial Completion Date: September 2013
The building's plan reflects the stages of recovery: by using familiar environments, ranging from "house" to "neighborhood" to "downtown." A secure facility, outdoor courts relate to each living unit, and the "downtown" surrounds a central "village green" shared by all. The low-rise scale will serve to emphasize the residential character, and minimize the stigma attached to psychiatric facilities. This new facility will enable DMH to close two antiquated facilities, parts of which dated to the 19th century, thereby dramatically reducing future operating and capital expenses. With the significant advances in the field of psychiatric care, which are reducing the number of people who need long term care, this building may become the central psychiatric care facility for the entire state.