DESIGN FOSTERING HEALING AND INDEPENDENCE

Evansville State Hospital

EVANSVILLE, INDIANA

TYPE

New Facility

SIZE

148,000 SF

COST

$22,800,000

INDIANA STATE BUILDING COMMISSION

When the Department of Family and Social Services decided to demolish the original State Hospital, VPS Architecture was selected to design its replacement. The challenge was to provide a 225-bed psychiatric hospital that fostered healing and independence.

Teaming with HOK Medical of St. Louis, VPS designed a set of therapeutic spaces, living units and a treatment hall, customized for patient care and support. With a palette of healthy materials, VPS and HOK also created a system of secure, landscaped courtyards where patients can walk, exercise or meditate.

VPS used autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) wall blocks and ceiling planks to economize on construction cost while producing a finished building that is superior in thermal performance, fire resistance and acoustical excellence. Daylight streams into nurse’s stations and day rooms, making them modern, warm, and calming.