Portfolio Category: Behavioral Health

Our architectural firm in Springfield, MO brings a specialized approach to the realm of behavioral health architecture. Recognizing the significant role that the physical environment plays in mental health recovery, we create spaces that support healing and well-being. As one of the leading behavioral health architecture firms, we integrate evidence-based design principles into our work to enhance the therapeutic outcomes of mental health facilities. The nuances of mental health building design are complex and unique, requiring sensitivity to practical, regulatory and psychological needs. Our designs prioritize accessibility, safety, privacy, and natural elements, all of which have been shown to promote better outcomes in mental health treatment. From the planning stages of mental health facility construction to the final touches of interior design, we approach every aspect with careful consideration. The most important considerations when designing a behavioral health facility are the safety of the patients and the staff. We design safety into the project by eliminating blind corners and selecting products specifically designed for behavioral health environments. These include specialized door hardware, anti-ligature features, furniture tailored for behavioral health settings, polycarbonate "glass", wicket doors, and double jamb magnetic locks. Through our extensive experience, we’ve found the "perfect wall"—a facility wall that cannot be damaged. This innovation saves a significant amount of money and time, which maintenance staff typically spend repairing walls from punches and kicks. With the right architect, who has expertise in behavioral health facilities, it's possible to design walls that are virtually maintenance-free, allowing maintenance staff to focus on more important tasks. Designing spaces for mental health involves creating environments that are calming, reassuring, and comfortable. Our mental health design projects aim to reduce stress, encourage interaction, and support the therapeutic journey. Together, we can create a space that truly enhances the healing process, underlining our commitment to improving mental health care through thoughtful, human-centered design.