Community mental health center.
Subject: Community psychiatric services (Buildings and facilities)
Psychiatric clinics
Pub Date: 07/01/2009
Publication: Name: Behavioral Healthcare Publisher: Vendome Group LLC Audience: Academic; Trade Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health; Health care industry; Psychology and mental health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2009 Vendome Group LLC ISSN: 1931-7093
Issue: Date: July-August, 2009 Source Volume: 29 Source Issue: 7
Topic: Event Code: 440 Facilities & equipment
Product: Product Code: 8085000 Community Mental Health Centers; 1542240 Hospital-Health Facilities; 8000320 Health Construction; 9105240 Health Planning & Construction NAICS Code: 62142 Outpatient Mental Health and Substance Abuse Centers; 23332 Commercial and Institutional Building Construction; 62 Health Care and Social Assistance; 92312 Administration of Public Health Programs SIC Code: 8322 Individual and family services; 8399 Social services, not elsewhere classified; 1542 Nonresidential construction, not elsewhere classified
Accession Number: 211808217
Full Text: Opechee Construction Corporation, Inc. BELMONT, NH

Center for Life Management DERRY, NH

In July 2007, the Center for Life Management (CLM) opened its new two-story 27,000-square-foot facility in Derry, New Hampshire. This modern facility serves as the community mental health organization's primary location for outpatient and community-based care. The new center replaces three older outpatient buildings that required frequent improvements.


The new facility was constructed using a design-build approach. The facility includes 42 treatment offices, 3 waiting areas, 2 group therapy rooms, conference and training rooms, private triage/crisis service area, central administration and medical records areas, and an on-site pharmacy. With a philosophy that "the program should drive real estate decisions," CLM chose a location adjacent to a large primary care medical practice to improve integration between mental health and medical services.


During the design phase input from all levels of staff was considered, and special attention was given to each program's unique traits. The design team focused on creating a tranquil, inviting atmosphere with a design concept ("comfort in nature") rooted in the belief that people receive the best care when they are at ease and comfortable in their environment. This was accomplished through colors, finishes, lighting, furniture, and artwork selection. Natural light is brought inside through large windows (tinted to protect privacy) in most treatment offices. Warm colors (such as rosemary green and autumn orange) evoke New England's landscape. For the exterior, traditional red brick was used for its ageless appearance and in keeping with the building's New England location.


Jury Comment: The color palette and finish palette are nice and comfortable. The reception desk area stands out as a well-designed element.


Project category: New construction (completed June 2007)

Chief administrator: Vic Topo, President and CEO, (603) 965-0729

Firm: Opechee Construction Corporation, Inc., (603) 527-9090

Design team: Vic Topo, Project Owner; Michael Bergeron, Project Financing; Lisa Madden, Interior Design; Patrick Ulmen, Information Technology (Center for Life Management); Dana Adams, Project Manager (Opechee Construction Corporation, Inc.); Laura Malloy, Interior Planner (JSA, Inc.)

Photography: John Gauvin, CPP, Studio One, Manchester, NH

Total building area (sq. ft.): 26,876

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $125

Total construction cost (excluding land): $3,355,487
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