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Design Brief

Project Location: Staten Island, NY

The new Inpatient Residential Building at South Beach Psychiatric Center, currently under construction, is designed to house 250 adults and 12 adolescents. The 232,000 SF five story structure will replace five outdated, functionally obsolete buildings with one state-of-the-art facility. Located adjacent to Lower New York Bay and existing campus buildings that suffered extensively from Superstorm Sandy, the new inpatient building and three adjacent recreation yards will be increased from the existing elevation of 8 feet to 20 feet above sea level in order to mitigate damage from future storm surges.

Configured around a central courtyard, abundant glazing on all sides of the building will afford plentiful daylight and views. Strategic site placement of the building takes full advantage of available vistas to the ocean front, neighboring wetlands, and to the Verrazano Bridge. Based on the latest advancements in behavioral health design, the floor plan layout along with selection of materials and finishes are designed to create a normative therapeutic environment for healing. The dynamic form of the building itself derives from the programmatic spatial relationships within, featuring open nurses' station areas with clear visibility to all bedrooms and living areas.

The project was completed in collaboration with STV.

Design Brief

The new Inpatient Residential Building at South Beach Psychiatric Center, currently under construction, is designed to house 250 adults and 12 adolescents. The 232,000 SF five story structure will replace five outdated, functionally obsolete buildings with one state-of-the-art facility. Located adjacent to Lower New York Bay and existing campus buildings that suffered extensively from Superstorm Sandy, the new inpatient building and three adjacent recreation yards will be increased from the existing elevation of 8 feet to 20 feet above sea level in order to mitigate damage from future storm surges.

Configured around a central courtyard, abundant glazing on all sides of the building will afford plentiful daylight and views. Strategic site placement of the building takes full advantage of available vistas to the ocean front, neighboring wetlands, and to the Verrazano Bridge. Based on the latest advancements in behavioral health design, the floor plan layout along with selection of materials and finishes are designed to create a normative therapeutic environment for healing. The dynamic form of the building itself derives from the programmatic spatial relationships within, featuring open nurses’ station areas with clear visibility to all bedrooms and living areas.

The project was completed in collaboration with STV.

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