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 exterior received new windows and insulation and existing interior plaster walls were removed. We installed a new mechanical system and a new power feed to the buildings that 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 also created and housed patient exam rooms. This included minor upgrades that had to be completed on the second and third floors to create proper egress through the building. Interior finishes throughout the space are all ‘psych safe.’ The work for this project was phased, flowing from the south end of the building where the patient rooms were through the center area and into the addition. 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. A Redi-rock retaining wall was created, a fence was installed at the perimeter and new brick walkways were installed.