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William R. Sharpe Hospital, Weston, WV

The completed 50-acre development sits atop a hilly site formerly farmed by the W.V. Dept. of Agriculture, 10 minutes from the original hospital it replaces. After its design inception, the vision of a first-rate psychiatric treatment facility for West Virginia was finally completed.

William R. Sharpe Behavioral Health Hospital

PROJECT INFORMATION

150 Bed Psychiatric Hospital
Architect: Blackwood Associates, Inc.
Building Cost: $30 Million
Building Area: 217,000 sq. ft.
Number of Floors: Two
Completed: June 1994
Location: Lewis County, West Virginia
General Contractor: Pray Contracting, Inc.

PROJECT GOALS

The project team was first assembled on Easter Sunday, 1987 after a phone call from Dr. David K. Heydinger, former Director of Health of West Virginia. Dr. Heydinger’s initial assignment to the Architect was direct:

  • Design a stand-alone psychiatric hospital that would replace the existing Civil War-era facility located in Weston, WV.
  • Ensure that the new Hospital met current Federal government and JCAH design standards.
  • Create an environment in which the healing process would be supported and encouraged.
  • Produce a superior facility that would be an example for the rest of the Country and in which the people of West Virginia could take pride.

Although the Architect had Dr. Heydinger’s "picture" of the Project, an actual program had not been developed. Literally "starting from scratch" on the design, numerous meetings were held with representatives of the WV Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR), the staff of the existing Weston State Hospital, the West Virginia University’s School of Medicine/Psychiatry, and other experts in the psychiatric field. Over a period of 18 months, the final design emerged.

During the design process, input from Weston State Hospital made it obvious to the Architect that both DHHR and JCAH minimum space standards were, in some ways, inadequate for this new psychiatric facility’s needs. (As an example, areas eventually developed for unit offices and ancillary support on the individual patient wards exceed standards by 75%, because of the staff’s Unit-Based treatment and evaluation philosophy).

In a concerted effort to draw the higher-functioning patients out of their resident rooms and wards, the village concept was developed and centered in the "hub" area of the Facility. Within this area, educational, recreational, spiritual, avocational, expressive and dining services are provided, which act as encouragement for patient interaction, and as ongoing "reward" therapy.

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MAIN BUILDING FUNCTIONS:

Patient registration and admitting, psychiatric emergency and triage, accounting, record keeping, administration, evaluation, treatment, therapy, food service vending and dining, personal care, educational, recreational, lab and pharmacy, medical, personnel development, shipping and receiving, and security.

ENGINEERING SERVICES BUILDING:

Utilities, generators, boilers, chillers, cooling, towers, engineering and maintenance, systems monitoring, building and vehicle maintenance shops, and waste handling.

SPECIAL SITE FEATURES:

Mile long access road, roadway bridge over a creek; 250,000 gallon water tank and tower; non-biohazard waste incinerator; 340 parking spaces.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Extensive use of skylights and curtainwalls; therapy pool; future greenhouse.

LIFE SAFETY SYSTEMS

Fire alarm, fire sprinklering, smoke/fire-resistive construction; engineered smoke control system; separate emergency and standby generators.

HVAC SYSTEM

Central station, 4-pipe AHU’s (located in above-floor mezzanines), with "Energy Recovery" air exchangers; ducted Supply and Return Air with VAV boxes and reheat.

SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Integrated, DDC-based computer, fully addressable for temperature control, fire alarm, and smoke control.

STRUCTURE

Steel frame; Slab-on-grade and slab on metal deck floors; metal deck roofs.

ROOFING

Insulated single-ply EPDM and sloping metal panels.

EXTERIOR WALLS

Curtainwalls; Gypsum board and metal studs with face brick (non-patient areas); CMU with veneer plaster and face brick (patient and "public" areas).

INTERIOR PARTITIONS

Storefronts; Gypsum board and metal studs, (non-patient areas); CMU and veneer plaster (patient and "public" areas).

PRIMARY CEILING TYPES

Suspended acoustical lay-in panels, linear wood and gypsum board (non-patient areas); vandal-resistant acoustical tile, linear wood and gypsum board or plaster.

 

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