The LAC + USC Restorative Care Village will consist of a four-story Recuperative Care Center that provides stable housing for those recently discharged from the hospital, as well as a Residential Treatment Program area that will act as a short-term alternative to hospitalization for behavioral health needs. As HCD notes, “When the RCV is completed in March 2021, it will offer a comprehensive strategy for managing the whole person and the full continuum of interrelated challenges facing this vulnerable population.”
Alternative solutions to some of the most pressing societal issues and challenges such as homelessness and lack of behavioral health resources is a main tenet of our Living-Centered Design philosophy.
Much of the project will be modular and prefabricated in partnership with Modular Design+. This allows a shorter project timeline while maintaining construction quality. Incorporating the historic art deco on the Los Angeles County General Hospital building, which is on the LAC+USC campus, into the cladding on the buildings was an integral part of the exteriors. Public art will also be incorporated as a restorative element across campus.
David Hunt, our Southern California Health Practice Leader, has stated that integrating the village into the surrounding neighborhood was important: “It’s a very rich courtyard environment. There was an interest from the surrounding communities that this would be a community asset. So courtyard areas will welcome the community in, and it helps the residents feel a sense of connectedness. It’s not a stigmatized place, it’s a place to get back into their normal life and integrate with the community.”