Inpatient Mental Health Center and Buildout
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.
Associate Principal, Design Leader
Associate Principal, Senior Code Specialist
Senior Construction Administrator
Interior Design Manager
Senior Project Manager
Senior Specifications Writer
Additional Team Members
Pete Smith (retired)
President and CEO Emeritus
Scott Holmes (retired)
Brad Fitzsimmons (retired)
Ananth Shankar (retired)
115,000 sq. ft. original facility; 15,000 sq. ft. third floor buildout
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
2013 original facility; 2021 third floor buildout
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