IKM was retained under the IDIQ Open End agreement to convert an existing fourth floor administrative office suite into a new, ten-bed acute inpatient mental health unit. The unit includes both private and semi-private rooms. Each patient room is equipped with an integral and accessible bathroom and shower. One single room is also designated to meet the needs of a bariatric patient.
Patient support spaces include a multifunctional Day Room, Group Room, and Dining Room, all equipped with a secured large screen TV integrated into securable storage cabinetry to house AV equipment and other materials needed to support patient activities. The Day Room and Group Room may be combined or separated by an acoustical folding partition. Other patient support space includes a quiet room and a visitation area equipped with securable lockers to accommodate visitors’ coats or other belongings. A secure storage room is also provided to house the patient belongings.
A secure “holding room” is provided to temporarily house patients transferring into or out of the unit. Staff support areas include a secured nurse station with integrated med room and a staff lounge/locker room with integral toilet. A large staff conference room is provided as well as both shared and private offices for the nurse manager, social workers, and other staff. Other support space provided within the unit includes a nourishment room, utility rooms, soiled and clean linen rooms, a housekeeping room, and several general storage rooms.
Renovation work includes the replacement of the existing windows with new energy efficient and secure windows, equipped with laminated safety glass and integral horizontal blinds for the safety and comfort of both patients and staff. The unit incorporates the latest innovations in safe, tamper-proof, non-ligature type plumbing fixtures and toilet accessories as well as soft suicide prevention doors leading to patient bathrooms. The unit is considered to be an “unlocked” space due to the incorporation of state-of-the-art wireless security and patient monitoring systems which are fully integrated with door hardware and life safety systems. Interior finishes and colors were selected to promote a comfortable, healing, and home-like atmosphere.