Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center

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Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Santa Fe Rape Crisis Center (SFRCC) began with one phone line and a kitchen table in 1973. Now the center serves almost 10,000 survivors of sexual assault and trauma in Santa Fe, New Mexico each year.

In March 2004, SFRCC opened a $1.75 million, 11,600-square-foot building designed by Spears Architects of Santa Fe, which received an American Institute of Architects Citation Award for the design. The firm has been contracted to design SFRCC's adjacent trauma treatment center (Construction is scheduled to begin next year). Located in Santa Fe's Tierra Contents development, which includes a library and youth center, SFRCC chose the site because it allows for expansion and is near public transportation, notes James Horn, AIA, senior associate and project architect for Spears Architects.

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The earthy orange-red and beige exterior of the building blends in with the region's Southwestern style, and the landscaping helps shield the building from the hot Southwestern sun. Underground cisterns collect roof runoff to irrigate the drought-tolerant trees, shrubs, grasses, and wild-flowers, Horn explains.

A path around the edge of the front courtyard leads visitors to the main entrance, located in the middle of the H-shaped building. The reception area/waiting room features a rounded front desk and curved walls with bold hues, including vivid blue and bright red.

The building's interior features design elements such as exposed but brightly colored metal ceilings, wooden grilles suspended from ceilings, and store-front-size windows. …

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