Worcester Recovery Center and Hospital

433,000 SF recovery center built to consolidate two previously existing mental health facilities (Westborough and Worcester State Hospitals). The Worcester Recovery Center, a highly complex and secure chronic care facility, holds 260 adult and 60 adolescent beds for long-term stay patients. Designed in a village-like setting to promote patient recovery and community reintegration, providing all of the functions for everyday life in three facility groups; houses, neighborhoods, and a downtown area. Houses provide common living and dining space for clustered groups of eight to ten residents within a 26-bed inpatient unit. Therapeutic treatment facilities (Neighborhoods) are freely accessible by patients, each serving three Houses (78 patients). The Downtown space, accessible on a privileged basis, includes interior streets surrounding a secure outdoor Village Green. This area is shared by the entire hospital, providing elements of life outside of the hospital, such as a cafe, arcade, music room, gym, hair salon, retail shops, classrooms, bank, art rooms, library, greenhouse, medical and dental clinics, pharmacy, and a chapel. LEED Gold Certified.

Projects Highlights

Massachusetts Department of Mental Health
Worcester, MA, USA
433,000 ft²
LEED Gold Certified

Citation for Healthcare Facilities, Boston Society of Architects | 2014Merit Award, American Institute of Architects Eastern NY Chapter | 2013Honor Award for Design Excellence, American Institute of Architects New England | 2013Healthcare Awards Shortl