Inpatient Mental Health Center and Buildout
Saint Paul, Minn.
Nearly 10 years after the completion of the new, 100-bed, BWBR-designed Inpatient Mental Health Center tower, Regions and BWBR partnered again to design a buildout of an unfinished floor. The secure 20-bed unit accommodates stays that range from a couple of days to several months. Many of the patients are in transition from the hospital’s emergency/medical-surgical areas to outpatient treatment or a residential program. In both the buildout and greater tower projects, patients, staff, and family members are welcomed with warm nature-inspired colors, abundant artwork, wood accents, and plenty of natural daylight.
The third-floor unit’s focal point is a central dayroom with comfy seating, a wall mural, a large television, and tables to do activities. Adjacent to the dayroom is a nurse station with full visibility to the common area, an enclosed dining room, and nutrition area. Each private homelike patient room has a built-in desk, shelves for belongings, and a private bathroom.
After the completion of the original tower, and before designing the third-floor unit, BWBR gathered post-occupancy feedback from the staff and incorporated the changes into the design. The feedback led to enhanced safety updates in the third-floor buildout. The project also includes the latest safety products that were not available during the original tower design.
Size: 115,000 sq. ft. original facility; 15,000 sq. ft. third floor buildout
Components: 100 private patient rooms in the original facility; private seating areas for families; large patient gymnasium; individual exercise, laundry, exam, and group rooms on separate floors; decentralized nurse stations on two floors to all units to flex as patient population changes; the buildout adds 20 beds to the program
Completion: 2013 original facility; 2021 third floor buildout