University of Arizona Medical Center, Behavioral Health Pavilion and Crisis Response Center - Tucson
TYPE OF FACILITY Community mental health center
PROJECT ARCHITECT CannonDesign
ASSOCIATE PROJECT ARCHITECTS CDG Architects
CONSTRUCTION MANAGER DPR Construction
COMPLETED July 2011
SIZE 208,000 square feet
CONSTRUCTION COST $37.4 million
COST PER SQUARE FOOT $180
Awards judge James Bicak cited the University of
Arizona Medical Center’s new facilities as an example of a design that fits aesthetically into its desert environment with its look and use of materials.
He said that also helps establish its identity as a community resource. More than 60% of Pima County voters in 2006 approved a plan to borrow $54 million to build the facilities.
The 96-bed psychiatric hospital and crisis response center takes integration to a new level. Along with acute and sub-acute inpatient services, outpatient therapy and crisis assessment, the facilities also include a dedicated entrance for police officers and paramedics to facilitate the secure transfer of individuals in crisis, allowing the first- responders to return to their duties much faster. In addition, since many behavioral-health patients enter the healthcare system through the legal system, a Pima County courtroom is also on the premises. The crisis response center is meant to stabilize patients and assess whether they need acute or emergency psychiatric care. The goal is to reduce their visits to the ED—as well as the jail or juvenile detention facilities.
Designers worked to develop what they call a “normalized” patient environment that balances the safety and security requirements of mental healthcare with the clinical goal of creating a place that promotes healing and rehabilitation.