This project helped accommodate a growing need at the Brattleboro Retreat. For this project, HP Cummings converted the first floor of one of the existing buildings into a patient care facility; about 2/3 of the existing first floor received an intense upgrade. The renovations were phased, flowing from the south end to the patient rooms, center area, and into the addition.
The exterior received new windows and insulation. On the interior, the plaster walls were removed, a new mechanical system was installed, and a new power feed to the buildings had to be brought from the power plant; this power feed was routed underground in existing tunnels.
In addition to the renovations, a new one-story addition was created to house the patient exam rooms. This work included minor upgrades on the second and third floors to create proper egress through the building. Interior finishes were updated throughout the space and are all ‘psych-safe.’ The north end of the building received minor upgrades to accommodate staff offices, conference, and break rooms.
The outdoor area behind the building also received a new courtyard for patient use. Our subcontractor installed a Redi-rock retaining wall, a fence at the perimeter, and new brick walkways.