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Groundbreaking Held for SoundMind Behavioral Health Hospital

BROKEN ARROW, OK — SoundMind Behavioral Health Hospital LLC has broken ground on a 55,000-square-foot facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, for general and geriatric inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services. The hospital, which will serve patients with acute mental and behavioral problems, including dementia, has been designed by Dewberry as a trauma-informed healing environment that will support safe and efficient operations.

Dewberry’s design team worked extensively with administrators, physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, nurses, patients, and local authorities to design the hospital with a focus on comfort, safety, and compassionate care. The 72-bed hospital, set on a 14-acre site, will consist of three separate nursing units with 24 beds each. Each nursing unit includes a seclusion room, quiet room, and a nurses’ station with clear sightlines throughout the corridors.

Additional service areas include spaces for patient assessment and admitting, an ECT procedure room, a commons area/activity space, visitor rooms, a dining room, provider offices and administrative areas, and outpatient group therapy areas. The facility has been carefully planned for visual monitoring of all patients when away from their rooms, and features anti-ligature hardware, doors, plumbing, and other building components specified for patient safety and suicide avoidance.

The design emphasizes the creation of warm and inviting spaces that promote a calm and healing environment. Daylight and connections to nature, proven to positively impact patient moods, are emphasized throughout the facility with expansive windows and courtyards with visual and physical access to the outdoors. Artwork was also selected to enhance the therapeutic, calming, and restorative atmosphere within the patient spaces.

Dewberry is the prime architect and interior design consultant. EDA+FKI Engineers is serving as the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineer. Wallace Engineering is providing site/civil and structural engineering. Cowen Construction is the general contractor. The project is scheduled to be complete in 2021.

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Dewberry is a market-facing firm with a history of providing professional services to a wide variety of public- and private-sector clients. Established in 1956, Dewberry is headquartered in Fairfax, Virginia, with more than 50 locations and over 2,000 professionals nationwide.

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