(Regional Centers' Fairmont DDMHRC)
Design Group was retained to design a new 15-Bed Developmentally Disabled Mental
Health Rehabilitation Center (DDMHRC) for the Regional Centers at the Fairmont
Hospital Campus in San Leandro. The purpose of the project was to design an institutional
grade, locked building with a residential feel, which would provide state-of-the-art
in-patient psychiatric healthcare treatment for Regional Centers' patients.
design was developed around the "Village" concept of psychiatric facility
design in which the plan progresses sequentially from very public open space to
semi-public space to private space and allows for free movement of the patient
and direct supervision by staff. This has been accomplished by grouping pods of
rooms into mini-neighborhoods that arranged around an interior common area.
Also surrounding this common area are patient treatment and recreation areas that
include a dining room, arts and crafts room, all with direct views to an outdoor
patient yard. The introduction of outdoor views and natural lighting to these
common areas gives both patients and staff a connection to the outdoors and gives
the facility a less institutional feel. The project is on track to earn a NC2.2
LEED Gold Rating.
Estimated Cost: $6,000,000