For the fifth year, Behavioral Healthcare invited design firms and provider organizations to submit innovative building projects for review in the annual Design for Health and Human Services Showcase. Five highly regarded experts were the distinguished panelists comprising the jury for 2013. This year, Behavioral Healthcare raised the bar on design with new requirements and a tougher test than ever before. Even with the tougher evaluation, the Betty Ford Center – Residential Day Treatment Center (RDT) was selected as the sole Addiction Treatment Center in the Design Showcase. According to the jury members, there were five factors that were additionally beneficial in the selection process: whether the project was concept or complete, its budget, the amount of private versus semi-private patient rooms, corridors versus “day-spaces”, and an emphasis on patient, staff, and guest safety always at the forefront. Despite substantially completed structures being a plus, where the RDT is a concept project with its first phase scheduled to be completed in 2016, the project excelled in all of the other judging criteria, awarding it recognition in the design showcase. The publication text for the project reads as follows:
The Betty Ford Center (BFC) is located approximately 90 miles east of Los Angeles in the desert community of Rancho Mirage, California. A world class facility, the BFC offers a complete program for comprehensive chemical dependency treatment services. Those services include the Residential Day Treatment (RDT) program, which offers transitional follow-up outpatient care for those who have recently completed the intensive BFC inpatient program and still wish to participate in an additional 30-90 day stay at nearby BFC-owned off-campus housing prior to returning to their routine environments.
The RDT program provides available outpatient counseling and educational services for those patients living in the aforementioned housing. The new RDT complex, consisting of six separate buildings each encompassing distinct components of the program, is self-contained at the east end of the BFC campus. Outpatients are transported directly to and from their provided housing.
The project is designed with an internalized “village” concept, where each individual building acts as an integrated component of the BFC neighborhood. The buildings with frontage along the primary access, Vista del Sol, are all single story in height to preserve the residential scale and visual relationship with the adjacent neighborhood. A contextual response to adjacently established strategic vocabulary, the exterior design interconnects each RDT building through the use of covered pedestrian walkways, trellises and landscaped courtyards. By integrating each building in this manor, much needed shade is provided, which is invaluable in this region’s extreme summer temperatures. Its design blends the complex into the surrounding Rancho Mirage residential community, while maintaining the vernacular desert-style look prevalent throughout the surrounding desert communities.
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