Rochester Psychiatric Center
Mental Health
Rochester Psychiatric Center

Rochester Psychiatric Center

New York State Office of Mental Health|Rochester, New York
Consideration was given to creating flexible space that can be reprogrammed to reflect alternate building use in the future. This was done so successfully that nearly half of the project has since been converted into high-security forensic beds at a cost of less than $100,000 per bed.
Project Type:
Mental Health
412,000 SF
Rochester Psychiatric Center Walkway
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architecture+ has been working for DASNY on the Rochester Campus since 1983. Our first project involved the renovation of the south half of Building 2 to house a 55-bed forensic unit. This project included a secure perimeter and state-of-the-art monitoring.
Master Plan (1988) - architecture+ was commissioned to develop a master plan that would convert a 117-acre campus with a built infrastructure of over 1.3 million square feet into a more compact campus encompassing 15 acres and 500,000 square feet. The primary objective of the planning process was to provide a more humane and therapeutic treatment environment within a configuration that allowed the campus to operate at much higher staffing efficiency.
Rochester Psychiatric Center Interior
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New Adult Hospital (1995) - We were subsequently selected to design the largest new freestanding psychiatric hospital constructed since 1970 by the New York State Office of Mental Health. The facility employs the “hospital within a hospital” treatment model and reflects the emerging understanding of the interaction between environment and treatment modalities. It is designed around a series of courtyards and enclosed park land that allow patients ready access to a variety of secure outdoor spaces.
The hospital, with 330 beds and 412,000 square feet, consolidates the once separated inpatient residential wards, program activities, and support services into a single building. The design has served as a model for three other hospitals in the state. It serves adult, adolescent, and forensic patients.
"What this new campus accomplishes is a fundamental shift to a new paradigm of mental health treatment for the seriously mentally ill. It is a modern environment which clearly puts the needs of patients first."
Martin H. Von Holden, D.P.A., M.A. Executive Director, Rochester Psychiatric Center