Strategic Behavioral Health in Garner

Garner, NC

This 92-bed residential mental health facility provides a safe, comfortable, and nurturing environment for treatment and healing. The 55,000 SF building is organized around a circulation loop surrounding an interior courtyard. This strategy gives staff visual control of appropriate areas, helps visitors find their way while controlling access, and effectively defines patient zones for both privacy and security.

In order to reduce stress and promote healing, a visual connection with nature was a key design priority. Natural lighting, the interior courtyard, porches, green spaces, and views of the wooded site all help to achieve this goal. The building is human-scale, familiar, and comfortable, promoting a sense of dignity and tranquility for patients and their families during treatment and recovery.


SF: 55,000