Now in its 13th year, Healthcare Design’s annual Architectural and Interior Design showcase features remarkable recent healthcare projects from around the world, as selected by a jury of architects, interior designers, academics, owners, and other industry experts. The Betty Ford Center’s 67,380-square-foot Residential Day Treatment Center, designed by Moon Mayoras, was featured in the outpatient/chemical dependency center category as a project in progress. 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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