Veterans Affairs Medical Center Spinal Cord Injury Long-Term Care Facility
Brockton, MA / United States
Total Square Footage
Spinal Cord Injury Care, Dining Café, Administration
LEED for HC Silver Registered
The VA Brockton Spinal Cord Injury Long-Term Care Facility (SCI) will provide long-term inpatient care and outpatient clinical services for veterans with traumatic spinal cord injuries. For most of the 100 residents, whose average length of stay is 285 days, the SCI is their home and their window to the world. The design concept is based on a simple idea: bring the natural world to the patients. The design takes advantage of sloping topography to link two levels of inpatient floors with the landscape, environment and the larger community. Clinical program elements and social areas are woven between the abutting grades and a network of green roofs and intimate courtyard gardens define tranquil moments of community for smaller resident groups.
The two floor building is organized around four distinct 12-bed houses on each level that extend like fingers into the landscape. Main Street, a linear spine running the length of the facility, links all the programmatic elements, the main lobby, the neighborhoods, the therapy programs and the two therapy courtyards, which allow daylight and nature to penetrate deep into the building. Besides offering multiple destinations along Main Street, these courtyards play a key role in providing a space for outdoor therapeutic activities.