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    HEALING ARCHITECTURE FOR EATING DISORDERS - COMING SOON

    Erin Sharp Newton
    Aug 23, '21 6:33 PM EST

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    Lobby Banner (Source: NK Architects + DCC Design Group)

    Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) Somerset is transforming their nationally recognized Eating Disorders Program into a state-of-the-art inpatient unit.

    EDU Welcome (Source: NK Architects)

    EDU Welcome (Source: NK Architects) - Phase 1 Open 


    When complete, the newly designed, 18,400-square-foot space will provide an exceptional healing environment capable of accommodating the physical, biological, psychiatric, psychological and social needs of adolescents and adults coping with eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia. The unit will expand from 14 to 20 beds, with private rooms and separate areas for adolescents and adults.

    Patient care areas are carefully designed to allow for a variety of needs from active to quiet, with open space and private space. Open areas with natural light, soft lines and nature themes will offer comfortable environments in which to rejuvenate, relax and create a sense of normalcy.

    Early Study Model

    Early Study Model (Source: NK Architects)

    Classrooms, open congregation areas, flexible treatment spaces and a shared clinical core for RWJUH Somerset’s multidisciplinary team of clinicians and staff have been carefully planned to help the RWJUH team to maximize efficiencies. The use of the latest research and evidence-based design principles balances the critical requirements of safety and security while simultaneously promoting healing and wellness.

    Wall Breaking: Somerset Health Care Foundation held a Demolition Ceremony to ceremonially kick off the renovations for the Eating Disorders Unit. The $9 million renovation features separate areas for adults and adolescents. Donors and supporters had the opportunity to knock a hole in one of the unit’s walls to start the demolition. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.

    Wall Breaking Ceremony, March 2020

    Wall Breaking: Somerset Health Care Foundation held a Demolition Ceremony to ceremonially kick off the renovations for the Eating Disorders Unit. The $9 million renovation features separate areas for adults and adolescents. Donors and supporters had the opportunity to knock a hole in one of the unit’s walls to start the demolition. The project is expected to be completed in 2021.


    The RWJUH EDU program has gained national recognition for increasing the awareness of eating disorders. In 1999, the staff participated in the White House Mental Health Conference. Since then, the program has been highlighted on nationally televised programs, including NBC's Later Today and CBS' 48 Hours, and others.

    See more at NK Architects: RWJ University Hospital Somerset Begins Phased Opening for New State-of-the-Art Eating Disorder Unit — NK Architects


    See more at RWJ:  Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital/Somerset Expands Behavioral Health Services | Somerville, NJ News TAPinto




     
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    • hanelisil

      Folks who are interested in shaping healthy, body-empowering spaces might be interested in the Size-Inclusive Design course, which was created with AllGo, an app that helps plus size people go out more with less anxiety. 1/3 of the US population is plus size, and our design very RARELY includes this angle. The course has AIA + IDCEC credit! WELL/LEED self-reporting, too.

      Aug 24, 21 12:32 pm  · 
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      amirhosseinakhlaghi

      AriazDesign, archDaily design the facade of the building.

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