Sheppard Pratt Health System (SPHS) recently celebrated a major construction milestone on its new Behavioral Health facility in Howard County, Maryland with a topping-out ceremony – the point during construction at which a building has reached its highest, final height. Key leaders from SPHS, along with members of the design and construction teams, all signed the final beam that was hoisted into place at the top of the three-story building.
CannonDesign has been leading the planning and design of the new 85-bed, 156,000-sf hospital on the Sheppard Pratt campus that emphasizes exposure to nature as part of the healing process. This building is the first to be built on Sheppard Pratt’s Behavioral Health Elkridge Campus, which serves community members from young people through seniors needing mental health and addiction services.
One of Sheppard Pratt’s core philosophies is an emphasis on the healing effect of nature. The peaceful, forested environment surrounding the hospital is the view from inpatient units and all on-unit therapy and activity spaces look directly into the wooded surroundings. Throughout the campus are walking paths and reflective spaces for patients, visitors and staff. The hospital is expected to open in 2020.
Some photos from the ceremony: