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Largest Psychiatric Hospital Nears Completion in Houston with Architecture that Supports Mental Healthcare





HOUSTON – (Realty News Report) – Houston’s new psychiatric hospital won’t just be the largest academic psychiatric hospital in the country.


It will also overcome the stigmas about what public mental health hospitals should look like with a design that supports behavioral healthcare, says architect Diana Davis, principal and managing director of the Houston studio of Perkins and Will.


“The UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health is a transformative project that will not only provide the highest level of behavioral and mental healthcare but also work to combat stigmas on what a psychiatric hospital looks like,” says Davis. “Knowing that behavioral and mental health is a critical aspect of one’s holistic well-being, our team was thoughtful in approaching each design decision through research and with the interest of promoting healing.”


The facility public mental health hospital built in Houston in more than three decades.


Inside each unit, a daylit central living space is surrounded by patient bedrooms. “A warm material palette sets the tone of a soothing and welcoming space,” the architecture firm says.


To help facilitate patient preparation from a hospital setting back to the larger world, the campus includes a therapy mall, offering opportunities for patients to practice skills needed for daily interactions. The therapy mall has the functionality to be utilized in multiple ways. It can serve as a salon or boutique, fitness center or space for hosting movie nights. Music therapy and group therapy sessions can also occur in this space.


The therapy mall and communal dining area are enhanced by floor-to-ceiling windows, bringing in an abundance of light while offering tranquil views of the courtyard greenspace. The design of the courtyard incorporates areas for outdoor group therapy and recreation opportunities for patients.



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Can someone explain why they set back the bricks away from the building like in my first pic? I always assumed the bricks were built right next to a building but this pic shows something different.

Energy code requires exterior continuous insulation on pretty much all building types these days.  The typical solution is rockwool or foam board insulation.  Which is anywhere from 2-4in thick.  You then use z clips or girts to stand off the facade material which in this case is brick.


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The John S. Dunn Foundation has made a transformative $25 million commitment to The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) to bolster the university’s behavioral health initiatives and address significant gaps in mental health care services in our communities.

In honor of the foundation’s generosity, UTHealth will establish the John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center to support innovative behavioral health research, education, and patient care. The pledge embodies the commitment of UTHealth’s faculty and trainees in the Louis A. Faillace, MD, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth to provide comprehensive care to patients throughout our campus, in addition to UT Physicians clinics, Harris Health outpatient clinics, and Harris Health’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital. Together, the Dunn Foundation and UTHealth mental health specialists are working to ensure a comprehensive array of health services are delivered to patients in all phases of care.

“Our behavioral health experts provide the highest levels of care to patients from across our community, and are also on the forefront of developing innovative and personalized treatments for psychiatric and mental health conditions,” said Giuseppe N. Colasurdo, MD, UTHealth president and Alkek-Williams Distinguished Chair. “The generous support of the Dunn Foundation will provide UTHealth with the critical resources needed to realize our shared vision of improving behavioral health in our communities and setting new standards in excellence of care.”

With the depth and breadth of expertise, we are well-positioned to lead behavioral health care in Houston and across the state,” said Jair Soares, MD, PhD, the Pat R. Rutherford, Jr. Chair in Psychiatry in the Faillace Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. “Our patient-centered programs are designed to break down barriers and provide a continuum of care to help individuals and their families overcome behavioral disorders.” 



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