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 mall, 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.