Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Facility Design Showcase

Magazine article Behavioral Healthcare Executive

Facility Design Showcase

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The previous Alaska Psychiatric Institute in Anchorage had become obsolete, both in function and the ability to deliver up-to-date mental Healthcare. The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services set out to create a new mental health facility that would improve the quality of care to better serve the community.

Hellmuth, Obata + Kassabanm, Inc.'s winning submission included the following planning goals: safety, a non-institutional feel, maximized natural light, and freedom of movement within a controlled environment. The new Institute, completed in April 2005, already is being referred to as a "Center for Recovery" for its design approach, which embodies a therapeutic environment.

The Institute supports adolescents and adults, including volunteer and conrt-ordered admissions. This 120,000-square-foot, 72-bed replacement facility uses rich exterior colors such as red and yellow, complemented by calming neutral colors and woods for the interior palette. …

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