- 18,474 sf
- Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities
Construction Delivery Method
- Interior Design
40 Bed Secure Forensic Unit at West Central Georgia Regional Hospital
McCall Architecture worked with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to design a 40-bed forensic psychiatric unit for West Central Georgia Regional Hospital in Columbus, Georgia. The single story, freestanding building, is 18,600 square feet in size with a sloped metal roof that provides clerestory lighting into both dayrooms. The structure is a combination of load bearing masonry and structural steel. Finishes are typical of institutional healthcare space: impact resistant gypsum board walls and ceilings, carpet, vinyl and resinous floors. Typical of this type of institutional occupancy, the building has a door locking control system and a CCTV system throughout as well as the required fixtures and features to prevent ligature hazards. The building includes fenced outdoor recreational areas, a fenced vehicular sally port and a rear parking and service area. As requested by the owner, we provided an interior environment that is more residential in character instead of a typical institutional building. Compared to all other units operated by DBHDD, this one provides the most natural light, thereby promoting recovery and wellness throughout.