Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
The outpatient mental health clinic project consisted of 22,450 sq. ft. of interior renovations, and also involved moving the space to a new floor. The former outpatient clinic, previously housed in the basement had no windows and was outdated.
To aid in patient recovery, individual and group therapy spaces were provided along with the requisite administrative and clinical support functions to ensure the patient’s well-being. Decorative acoustic panels were added throughout the space to help ensure privacy during patient therapy sessions.
One vision was clear: clinic management wanted the new space to appear more like professional offices versus traditional clinics. To help meet this vision, the design team incorporated several custom features, including custom trim for the corridors and doors, curved wood ceilings in the waiting room and main conference room, and unique finishes and patterns that are present throughout the space.
Long corridors in the existing space proved to be a design challenge. To overcome this challenge, a combination of design features and architectural elements was utilized, such as “waterless” features in the main corridor and wall sconces in transitional corridor spaces. Photographic skylights were added to help patients navigate corridors that do not have ample natural light. Unique floor pattern changes indicate intersections and work as intuitive visual wayfinding, reducing the reliance on traditional signage. Over 180 hand-cut leaves in the floor pattern, made the vision come to life!
Planetree concepts were integrated, including daylight into every clinical space, several natural skylights, and a prominent waiting room with daylight from two directions. Meant to invoke peaceful and soothing thoughts, the waiting room also features a children’s area, with a hand-painted sky, hot-air balloons and clouds, and hand-painted leaves on the floor, which match the leaf pattern found in other clinic areas.