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

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.


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.


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.


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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