Mental healthcare facility.
Article Type: Report
Subject: Mental illness (Diagnosis)
Mental illness (Care and treatment)
Health facilities (Management)
Health facilities (Design and construction)
Pub Date: 05/01/2012
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 2012 Vendome Group LLC ISSN: 1931-7093
Issue: Date: May-June, 2012 Source Volume: 32 Source Issue: 3
Topic: Event Code: 200 Management dynamics Computer Subject: Company business management
Product: Product Code: 8000300 Medical Facilities & Planning NAICS Code: 62 Health Care and Social Assistance
Geographic: Geographic Scope: Pennsylvania Geographic Code: 1U2PA Pennsylvania
Accession Number: 291894786
Full Text: Caritas SLIPPERY ROCK TOWNSHIP, PA

Human Services Center NEW CASTLE, PA

Located on a 42-acre site in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, the Caritas project includes renovation and construction of two program elements - an 11 -bed personal care home for chronically mentally ill clients and a vocational services program that provides rural-based business opportunities including weaving, dog grooming, and a small animal shelter.

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A three-stall, concrete block garage was converted into a two-story structure to house the vocational programs. The personal care home, located in an existing farmhouse, was renovated then connected, via a breezeway, to a new structure. A number of sustainable building principles were incorporated in the design and construction of Caritas. In 2012, an application will be made to Green Globes for accreditation.

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The rural location of Caritas, the integration of vocational opportunities, and the sensitive design of interior spaces have enhanced the quality of life of residents and their stability.

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Project Category: New Construction & Remodel/Renovation

Chief Administrator: Dennis W. Nebel, Psy.D., Executive Director

Firm: Human Services Center, (724) 658-3578, ext. 106

Design Team: Frank Ross, Principal Architect; Tanya Natale, ACS, AAAS, BS, Environmental Consultant (RCI Company); Maria Kyriacopoulos, AIA, LEED AP, Architect (Independent Contractor); Diane Coury, Interior Designer (Diane Coury Design Associates); Dennis Rozzi, Sculptor (Independent Contractor); Roger Smith, Ed.M. (Human Services Center)

Photography: Galvin Photography

Total Area (Sq. Ft.): 7,134 (new); 876 (renovation)

Total Construction Cost (excluding land): $1,260,000 (new); $140,000 (renovation)

Construction Cost/Sq. Ft.: $176 (new); $160 (renovation)

Completion: January 2011
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