Brattleboro Retreat enlisted the expertise of Lavallee Brensinger Architects and H.P. Cummings Construction Company for significant renovations to the Tyler building. The project involved the creation of a cafeteria and pharmacy on the ground floor, as well as the development of a 14-bed state inpatient facility on the fourth floor. This facility was intended to house patients from the Vermont State Psychiatric Hospital, which had to close due to damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene.
Through these renovations, Brattleboro Retreat aimed to establish a safe and healing environment that respects the well-being of patients, staff, and families. The focus was on creating a conducive atmosphere for high-quality mental health and addiction treatment for individuals of all ages, including children, adolescents, and adults.
The project required meticulous planning and coordination, particularly with regard to the mechanical and electrical systems. It was essential to ensure the operational functionality of these systems while achieving the desired finishes. Considerable attention was also given to acoustics, prioritizing noise reduction to foster a tranquil setting.
The renovations to the fourth floor of the Tyler Building were successfully completed in 2013, marking a significant milestone in Brattleboro Retreat’s mission to provide exceptional mental health and addiction treatment services.