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Hazelden Springbrook

September 1, 2010
by Hazelden Springbrook
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In late 2009, Hazelden broke ground on a $10 million expansion and renovation of its Springbrook facility in Newberg, Ore., adding 22,000 square feet of new space and remodeling 6,500 square feet of existing space. Relying on TSP Architects and Engineers (Minneapolis, Minn.)-which has designed each of Hazelden's six campuses-as well as input from clinical staff and patients, the organization developed an enhanced facility that balances design consistency with operational flexibility.

“You can walk around the campus and feel the consistency,” says Jan Vondrachek, Hazelden Springbrook's executive director. “It has a nice flow and feel to it.”

The expansion enabled the facility to move its extended care beds, previously housed in four leased residences in the Newberg area, on campus in April. The 32 extended care patients joined 44 residential patients at Springbrook, though they are housed in distinct areas and separated by effective transition spaces. Built-in flexibility allows beds to be easily shifted from residential to extended care areas as demand increases or decreases for one program or another.

Because Hazelden Springbrook's programs are gender-specific, men's and women's treatment programs are also separate. “You actually walk in to our main reception area and it immediately splits into two sections,” says Vondrachek. “So there are men on one side and women on another side of our campus.”

Though the facility makes accommodations for program separation, peer interaction was a driving force behind the design concept. Additional space was added to create eight group or multipurpose rooms, along with several spaces that encourage social interaction. Among these social areas are art therapy rooms, informal kitchens separate from the cafeteria, a snack and study area, and gathering spaces with fireplaces, cozy couches and flat-screen TVs.

“It's good for patients to have some alone time, but we really encourage peer interaction,” says Vondrachek. “Coming to treatment can be very frightening, and that peer interaction is so incredibly powerful.”

To reinforce this dynamic, patients reside in two- or three-person bedrooms, depending on their program. Bedrooms are equipped with a shared bathroom, and the replacement of the HVAC system now allows patients to have their own heating and cooling controls in each room.

Hazelden Springbrook also planned private spaces throughout the facility to balance its emphasis on social interaction. “We have little spaces [where] the patient can go and spend some time alone,” Vondrachek says. “It's private, yet it's visible.”

That visibility is key to patient safety and security, as long corridors, open spaces, and an abundance of light ensure that staff has “good, long lines of sight along corridors and into rooms” while patients privately reflect, Vondrachek says.

Situated on 23 acres of secluded woodlands, Hazelden Springbrook offers a serene environment that is well suited for self-reflection. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide patients with natural light and a continuous connection to nature through views of the Pacific Northwest landscape.

Nature is present throughout the interior design of the facility as well. Stone, wood, slate, and water features create a “warm and inviting, rather than clinical appearance” throughout the social spaces, says Vondrachek. Earth tones, floral bedding, and nature-themed art support the earthy aesthetic in patient bedrooms. A local artist helped to recruit Pacific Northwest-themed artwork for the facility, such as a painting of waterfalls and hand-painted panels featuring a coastal port.

“It all goes right along with inviting nature in,” Vondrachek says. “Connecting with nature has a positive influence on an individual's spiritual, emotional, and physical healing, and I think it plays into our whole philosophy of treating patients with dignity and respect.”

Newberg, Ore. Addiction Professional 2010 September-October;8(5):33-34