Banner Behavioral Health Inpatient Tower
Welcoming, Familiar, and Home-like Design
This 78,000 SF, two-story psychiatric inpatient tower accommodates up to 96 single-bed rooms in four units, and has been designed to facilitate state-of-the-art behavioral healthcare for an adult population. In addition to patient rooms, a variety of social and activity spaces, and staff areas, the building features indoor and outdoor recreation therapy spaces, a service kitchen and central patient dining room, and the facility’s central pharmacy (retail and inpatient). The design team focused on creating a welcoming, familiar, and home-like environment while always keeping the safety of patients, staff, visitors, and the surrounding neighborhood as the foremost consideration in every design decision, from site planning to detailing and product selection. The building’s design has been optimized to maximize daylighting of social and activity spaces, as well as corridors and to exceed the performance of ASHRAE 90.1 by 10%. Challenges included a contained site, with height and zoning restrictions, a long public boundary on a busy pedestrian and vehicular corridor, as well as an existing campus circulation scheme.