Univer­sity of Ari­zona Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Be­hav­ioral Health Pavil­ion and Cri­sis Re­sponse Cen­ter - Tuc­son

Modern Healthcare - - DESIGN AWARDS -

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.

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