Minnesota Department of Human Services

Minnesota Security Hospital Expansion and Renovation, Phase II

The common area in a renovated housing unit with tall ceilings and clerestory windows.
Dining and flexible seating in a renovated housing unit.
The corridor outside of the spiritual services offers plentiful daylight and high ceilings with bars of lighting features.
Seating in a renovated housing unit's bedroom corridor.
Inside a renovated patient room that features interchangeable door graphics.
A wood shop for patients to practice working skills.
A room designated for rehabilitation and social activities, complete with views to a greenhouse..
Exterior entry to the Prairie View Unit.
Exterior entry and seating at a transition housing unit.

Minnesota Department of Human Services

Minnesota Security Hospital Expansion and Renovation, Phase II

St. Peter, Minn.

When Phase I of improvements to the Minnesota Security Hospital (MSH) were completed, BWBR began a phased renovation of the existing older units, facilities and infrastructure. Phase II continues the master plan implementation to improve staff and patient safety by renovating the existing vacated units. This phase also completes the separation of the MSH population from those in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program on the St. Peter Treatment Center lower campus.

The Phase II design replaced the split-level east side living units with new single-level acute housing additions. Pre-transition units on the west side of campus received focused renovations and upgrades to improve safety, security, and comfort, including staff spaces. Shared facilities for vocation, the wood shop, library, gym, craft space, and visitation received safety and aesthetic upgrades. The second new stand-alone 48-bed, non-secure housing building brings the Transition population to a total of 96 beds. Phase II is also designed to Minnesota B3 Guidelines, a LEED-like program adapted for the State of Minnesota.

Size: 240,725 gross sq. ft.

Components: 65-bed pre-transition housing unit renovation; 23-bed acute unit renovation; 72-bed new/addition acute units; 48-bed new non-secure transition housing building; improved staff spaces; renovated shared facilities for vocation, wood shop, library, gym, craft space, and visitation; installed fire sprinkler system, replacement of mechanical systems (AHU’s, water piping, electrical systems), and converted from a pneumatic controls system to electronic building automation which allows for remote management and monitoring of systems; geothermal heat system

Completion: 2020, with ongoing renovations into 2021