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Exterior shot of South Sound Behavioral Hospital.

US HealthVest / South Sound Behavioral Hospital Fit-Out

US HealthVest / South Sound Behavioral Hospital Fit-Out | Lacey, Washington

DPR Transforms Aging Office Building into a Modern, Behavioral Hospital Facility in the Pacific Northwest

The South Sound Behavioral Hospital is an anchor project for DPR’s newly re-opened Seattle regional office, and a first in the Olympia, WA submarket. Completed for DPR’s national healthcare client US HealthVest in April 2019, the project converted a formerly vacant office building into a state-of-the-art facility that provides behavioral health and addiction treatment services to children, adolescents, adults and seniors.

The new, four-story, 78,000-square-foot facility fosters a safe and nurturing environment through its open spaces, broad windows and direct views of nature. The 108-bed facility features safety glass and anti-ligature design selections, such as hard lid ceilings, plumbing fixtures, doors, hinges and furniture. The building received new elevators and upgraded amenities for use as activity rooms, therapy spaces, a dining area, and indoor and outdoor recreational spaces. Adult and adolescent patients are separated with no line of sight. DPR also performed extensive seismic and shear wall upgrades using Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) to bring the existing office building up to code.

the Challenges

Transforming and seismically upgrading an unremarkable, Group B occupancy office building built in 1985 into a modern, Group I occupancy hospital proved to be challenging. That challenge was amplified by the need to perform required structural upgrades without heavy equipment since all existing elevated slabs were made with three-inch-thick concrete without rebar to support heavy loads. Scissor lifts or any other heavy equipment could have overloaded the existing building.

The project was located in an extremely busy local labor market approximately 60 miles south of Seattle in suburban Olympia, and that, too, created challenges regarding labor procurement and cost containment.

Exterior progress shot of South Sound Hospital.
Exterior shot of South Sound Behavioral Hospital.
the Solutions

DPR introduced a number of creative solutions to the project group, such as using fiber reinforced polymer in lieu of adding steel or concrete beams to strengthen the existing slabs.

In order to ensure DPR met the cost goals and secured the most competitive bids possible during a busy and new subcontractor market, the team expanded subcontractor outreach beyond the immediate region. Extra care was taken to ensure trade partners fully understood the scope and were aligned with budget requirements to avoid any surprises down the road.

DPR carefully cultivated a strong relationship with the remote client and owner’s representative, and maintained team focus to meet every schedule milestone and cost goal from day one.

interior of office with desks
Exterior shot of South Sound Behavioral Hospital entrance.
Interior shot of cafeteria room.