HP Cummings converted a portion of an existing building at Brattleboro Retreat into a patient care facility to accommodate the institution’s growing needs. The first floor underwent extensive renovations, with approximately two-thirds of the space receiving upgrades. The exterior was enhanced with new windows and insulation, while the interior saw plaster walls being removed and installing a new mechanical system. A one-story addition was constructed for patient exam rooms, and minor upgrades were made to ensure proper egress throughout the building. A new courtyard was also created for patient use, featuring a retaining wall, perimeter fence, and brick walkways.
Working closely with Brattleboro Retreat’s administration, Lavallee Brensinger developed multiple options for a 12,000 square foot, 12-bed Level 1 Behavioral Health Unit on the existing campus. The selected design focused on wellness, safety, and a strong connection to the outdoors. The historic Linden Lodge, built in the early 1900s, provided an ideal foundation with its large windows and high ceilings. Spaces were designed to incorporate natural light, openness, and features for patient privacy, engagement, education, and individual choice.
The collaborative efforts resulted in a successful project that met the growing needs of Brattleboro Retreat, providing enhanced patient care facilities within a limited timeframe and budget.