There is a need for a treatment center for those struggling with drug and alcohol addictions. The clientele of a center like this is crucial to keep in mind when designing a facility to help them get better. Privacy is a huge concern for everyone involved. You can’t have windows in most of the rooms, and if there are any windows, they need to remain private and be break-in proof. There are security cameras in place around the facility. There are coded doors to help prevent anyone besides those authorized from getting inside. There is a room full of the treatment drugs that has to be completely locked down with only a window for distribution to patients. In the lobby and waiting areas, you want to make sure that workers and nurses have a good view of all the patients waiting so that nothing mischievous can go on. The staff would like an area that has separate access to their spaces than the public spaces. The building is up to code and has strict restrictions when it comes to fire safety, security, ADA requirements, and air quality control. I sat down with a fire marshal to show him where my exits, alarms, hydrants, and where the egress lines were to ensure they are in a safe place. I spoke with a mechanical engineer to go over the amount of air return needed inside the building. There are 5 foot turning radius’ in every hallway and turning corner. The bathrooms have grab bars at appropriate heights as well as a five-foot turning radius, even in the UA restrooms. Everyone who enters the building will have a good amount of space to comfortably take care of whatever they need to get done in here.
Existing + Dimensioned Plan
Different aspects that the facility offers are group therapy, licensed clinical social workers, drug and alcohol counselors, doctors and nurses. There are specific restrooms for UA tests to be done. The sinks to wash your hands are outside of the room so that the sole purpose of the room is for the UA test. These restrooms are under surveillance, and sometimes a worker will have to go in and observe the test to make sure there are no alterations that could affect the results of the test. Sometimes these UA tests are court ordered and being conducted on individuals that come to the clinic to only receive a UA test. It’s important for patients to be accurate during both tests, but it can be detrimental to those being treated at the facility. The staff needs to know if you have been on any other drugs recently that could harm you while taking treatment drugs. Honesty from patients is a huge priority.