New Haven, CT – Svigals + Partners, an art, architecture and advisory firm specializing in healthcare designs that promote well-being among patients and their families, has announced the completion of a new facility serving the Yale Child Study Center (YCSC).
Featuring original, architecturally integrated artwork, the project brings all of YCSC’s operations and staff together under one roof for the first time, in a setting that supports outpatient treatment and research related to children’s behavioral health.
The new 55,000sf facility opened in October 2019 at 350 George Street. Intensive outpatient services are located on the first floor, patient care and family support services are located on the second floor, and administrative and research offices are on the third floor.
Svigals + Partners faced multiple challenges in delivering a healthcare facility capable of supporting YCSC’s mission and range of services, particularly given the building was originally designed to support use by a telephone company. Miles of cables had to be removed, and the structure limited the architects’ options for where to raise ceiling heights. The building’s walls also severely limited the number and locations of windows that could be added to the facade.
Because the new home for YCSC needed to be a suitable environment for staff, caregivers and children of varying ages and behavioral needs, the design team incorporated themes, patterns, integrated artwork and wayfinding elements inspired by nature. Applying a core Svigals + Partners philosophy that informs the firm’s work in healthcare as well as workplace, institutional and residential projects, this biophilic approach – similar to those shown in studies to produce positive behavioral changes – is designed to instill a sense of calm and comfort.
YCSC held a grand opening ceremony at the new facility on Oct. 4, 2019, with Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Rosa DiLaura in attendance.