Bradley Hospital's new, state-of-the-art inpatient building - the centerpiece of a campus-wide modernization project - was recently selected for a Building of America award as one of New England's most innovative design projects of the year.
The awards are given by Construction Communications publishing for projects that represent the best in new construction and renovation in a wide variety of categories, including health care. The new inpatient facility, which opened in April 2009, was designed by S/L/A/M Collaborative and Architecture+, with Providence-based Gilbane Building Company providing construction management services.
With three times more square feet of inpatient space, the two-story addition features 60 private rooms relocated from semi-private rooms in the hospital's 79-year-old main building. The rooms are arranged in small, quiet pods that provide patients and their families with increased privacy, enable staff to closely monitor and quickly respond to patients, and allow the hospital to be more flexible when admitting patients.
We're extremely proud of our modern new facility, which we feel reflects the expertise of our staff and allows us to better meet the rising demand for child and adolescent mental health services, says Daniel J. Wall, Bradley Hospital's president and chief executive officer. We were fortunate to work with such a talented and committed design and construction team who listened to our staff and helped make our vision a reality. We're delighted that this project was recognized with such a prestigious award.
The new building houses the hospital's Child and Adolescent Inpatient Programs for children between the ages of 2 and 18 who suffer from serious disorders and are in need of short-term stabilization, assessment and treatment. The Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD), an inpatient service for children with serious behavioral disorders in addition to a developmental disability, is also located in the new facility.
The Children's Inpatient Program and CADD share the first floor, with each unit serving 15 patients each. The second floor is occupied by the Adolescent Inpatient Program, which was expanded from 20 to 30 beds to meet the program's needs and growing demand for services.
Building of America award-winning projects must meet a number of requirements, including unique design or construction elements, innovative solutions to challenges, efficient and cost-effective methods of planning and execution, and/or that have a significant economical impact on the region, among others. The Building of America Network, created by Construction Communications publishing, profiles new construction and renovation projects in a case-study format to help owners learn from each other. A profile of the new Bradley Hospital inpatient building is available at http://buildingofamerica.com/news/articles/hc/0510/bradleyhospitalmodernization/index.html
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