Worcester Recovery Center

Pitts Published in General Hospital Psychiatry
September 2016

Francis Murdock Pitts, architecture+ president, was recently published in General Hospital Psychiatry as co-author of "Mental and behavioral health environments: critical considerations for facility design." The article identifies aspects of the physical environment, such as private rooms and access to nature, that can positively impact staff and patients in psychiatric environments and be used to develop a tool for the future evaluation of mental health facilities. General Hospital Psychiatry is a peer reviewed journal that explores the many linkages among psychiatry, medicine, and primary care.

Ribbon Cutting at Ridgeview Hall
August 12, 2015

The architecture+ team attended the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the new Ridgeview Hall. This new 225-bed residence hall will welcome first-year, transfer, and returning students in the Fall 2015 semester.

Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital rebuilds after hurricane
November 25, 2014

architecture+ principal, Frank Pitts, was interviewed for this Behavioral Healthcare article on the new Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital in Berlin.

Troy architecture firm targets international hospital projects
November 7, 2014

architecture+ principal, Frank Pitts, was interviewed for this article on our international healthcare projects for the Albany Business Review.


Sustainable Design Features of Fitzelle Hall
October 13, 2014

architecture+ provided full planning, design, and construction administration services for the renovation of Fitzelle Hall at SUNY Oneonta. SUNY Oneonta prepared this brochure outlining its sustainable features. Click here to read the Fitzelle Brochure.

Fitzelle Hall renovation is complete
August 26, 2014

architecture+ provided full planning, design, and construction administration services for this project. Read more here and view the local television news coverage here and here.

Pitts interviewed for New Alabama psychiatric hospital
June 23, 2014

architecture+ principal Francis Murdock Pitts is interviewed in this article about the new replacement hospital.

Take a video tour of the New Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital

June 6, 2014

The new, state-of-the-art facility will be opening in July. Click here for a tour.

New psychiatric hospital prepares to open
June 3, 2014

The Vermont Psychiatric Care Hospital, designed by architecture+, will be opening soon. Read more about it in this recent article.

architecture+ Celebrates 30 Years
April 4, 2014

Our local paper, The Record, covered our event. Read about it here.

New St. Joseph's West 5th hospital welcomes first patient
February 10, 2014

Read about this new mental health facility from the patient perspective. architecture+ worked on this mental health facility as a sub-consultant for programming, planning, schematic design, and compliance architecture.

Eastern State Hospital Settles into New Home at Coldstream
January 31, 2014

architecture+ provided programming, planning, and advisory services as Associated Architect for this new mental health facility that recently opened in Kentucky.

New mental health hospital aims to change mental healthcare
January 29, 2014

architecture+ worked on this mental health facility as a sub-consultant to the Zeidler Partnership Architects for programming, planning, schematic design, and compliance architecture. This article explores the advances that have been made.

New mental health campus to open this week
January 20, 2014

The Margaret and Charles Juravinski Centre for Integrated Healthcare will offer a diversity of complementary programs and providing citywide medical services on-site in addition to comprehensive mental health services. architecture+ worked on this mental health facility as a sub-consultant to the Zeidler Partnership Architects for programming, planning, schematic design, and compliance architecture.

New mental health center opens
January 15, 2014

Erie County Medical Center, which consolidates mental health services, opened today. architecture+ worked on the planning and design of this mental health project with Kideney Architects, P.C.

Groundbreaking for new residence hall
December 19, 2013

SUNY New Paltz held a groundbreaking ceremony for the new residence hall designed by architecture+. Principal, Vincent Lepera, was one of the speakers. Click here to read more.

Ontario forensic mental health building reaches substantial completion
December 6, 2014

Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care is a new forensic mental health facility. architecture+ provided planning, parti, floor plans, and specialty advisory services as a subconsultant to Stantec. Current details on the project status can be found here.

Ribbon cut for new Eastern State facility, once nation’s second-oldest psychiatric hospital
September 4, 2013

This new mental health facility has opened in Kentucky. architecture+ provided programming, planning, and advisory services as Associated Architect. Read about the ribbon cutting in this article.

New Bryce Hospital expected to open in December
September 2, 2013

architecture+ Principal and mental health architect, Francis (Frank) Murdock Pitts, contributed to the design of this new psychiatric hospital. This article talks about the history of psychiatric care in Alabama and the excitement surrounding the opening of the new facility.


Sage opens $5 million Shea Learning Center on its Troy campus

September 4, 2013

architecture+ designed the newly renovated Shea Learning Center at The Sage College's Troy, New York, campus. This project transformed the 1950s library into a modern teaching and learning center. The article talks about this successful project that was completed in just seven months.


Healthcare Design Magazine Showcase
August 2013

architecture+ is pleased to share this link to the online version of Healthcare Design Magazine’s Showcase of Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital. The project will also be included in the September print edition.

Boston Globe Interviews Pitts for Worcester Recovery Center Article
August 2012

The state-of-the-art Worcester Recovery Center, psychiatric hospital designed by Ellenzweig and architecture+ as Associate Architects, is set to open on Thursday. The Boston Globe interviewed our principal, Francis (Frank) Murdock Pitts, for today's article.

Welcome to the DMH Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital
YouTube Video
December 2012

This video provides a tour through the newly constructed Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (psychiatric hospital designed by Ellenzweig/architecture+, Associated Architects)

Video rendering DMH New Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital
YouTube Video
May 2010

This video provides a tour through the computer rendering of the new Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital (psychiatric hospital designed by Ellenzweig/architecture+, Associated Architects)

Tamper Resistance, Arc Fault, and Ground Fault
YouTube Video
September 2011

This video demonstrates why arc fault interruption, ground fault interruption, and tamper resistance are all important in  psychiatric hospital design and how to provide all three features on the same electrical circuit.

Evolution in psych; Design trends in behavioral health facilities
Health Facilities Management
June 2009
Francis Murdock Pitts

This article explores recent design trends in psychiatric hospital design and provides many examples of successful projects.

The modernization of Bradley Hospital
Behavioral Healthcare
October 2009
Denis Beique

This article discusses the design and construction of Bradley Hospital, a psychiatric hospital designed for children and adolescents (designed by The S/L/A/M/ Collaborative and architecture+, constructed by Gilbane Building Company).

Humanizing Behavioral Healthcare Design
Building Design and Construction Magazine
February 1, 2008
Jay W. Schneider

architecture+ principal, Francis Murdock Pitts, was interviewed for this article on major considerations for contemporary psychiatric hospital design.

Psychiatric Hospital Design Reflects Treatment Trends
Psychiatric News (Newsletter of the American Psychiatric Association
January 19, 2007

architecture+ principal, Francis Murdock Pitts, was interviewed for this article for his expertise on the house, neighborhood, downtown model for psychiatric hospital design.

Therapeutic Environments
Health Facilities Management
September, 2005, p. 39-42
Francis Murdock Pitts and D. Kirk Hamilton

This article explores the connection between psychiatric hospital design and care and explores the contributions of the Planetree model, the Pebble Project, and evidence-based design.

Ten Lessons Learned
Health Facilities Management
June, 2005, p. 25-29
Donald McKahan and Francis Murdock Pitts

The authors review some of the most high-profile health facility projects completed in recent years.

Keeping Pace with Changing Trends and New Technology in Healthcare Design
Facility Care Magazine
July/August, 2001, p. 1-2
Francis Murdock Pitts

Creating safe and appealing public stairs
Architectural Record
June, 2000
Wendy Talarico and Barbar A. Nadel

This article includes a discussion of the renovation of The Approach, an exterior stairway at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, by architecture+.

Bohlin Cywinski Jackson’s science center for Simon’s Rock College harmonizes with its rustic surroundings
Architectural Record
February, 2000
David Dillon

This article discusses the design element of the Fisher Science and Academic Center (designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, architecture+ Associated Architects).

The human side of architecture