Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Green Door on Taylor Street

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Green Door on Taylor Street

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Washington, D.C.

Mental Healthcare has long tried to shed its history of warehousing patients in institutions, but one community agency decided to actually use an old warehouse to better serve its clients. Green Door, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that helps people with mental illnesses secure employment and housing, opened its Taylor Street location in November 2003, employing environmental stewardship and efficient design to create an inviting space.

Green Door on Taylor Street houses a day program, clinic, and substance abuse program, and it is home base for the agency's community support workers (employment training is provided at the Green Door Clubhouse, a restored Victorian mansion). Envision Design, PLLC, transformed the former roofing supplies facility into a vibrant, award-winning environment with bold forms and bright colors. For example, stretched fabric "clouds" drape the 13-foothigh ceilings. Four large skylights and a 300% increase in perimeter windows allow the space to be filled with natural light. …

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