Location: Jennings, Louisiana
Size: 24,500 sf
After completing the architectural programming and master planning phases that took place in 2003-2004, the long term goals and business plan of the owner became very clear. As most behavioral hospitals are similar in function, the business plan of the owner demanded a more liberal approach toward the hospital code requirements. Larger patient rooms, dining and activity rooms, and ADL functions were employed to assist in providing a non-institutional relaxing feeling. The 36 bed floor plan is a model of form following function. The location of all spaces were considered in their relationship to the nurses station. Visual control, separation of the patient populations, staff connectivity to a “safe zone,” and patient safety were the driving forces behind its design. The administration and out-patient functions are located in the front of the hospital and are connected to the in-patient “on-unit” areas with a secure corridor. The separation of the functions allowed the use of natural light, adding to the relaxing and soothing atmosphere. The design solution had to be flexible enough to be utilized on other sites with minimal adjustments, but still respond to our unique local context.