Hull Services Preadolescent Facility

  • area / size 10,915 sqft
  • Completed 2019
  • Location Calgary, Canada,
  • NORR designed Hull Services Preadolescent Facility with special attention to safety and the comfortability of the patients in Calgary, Canada.

    This purpose-built project was designed to provide housing for children experiencing extreme behavioural and mental health issues. The Preadolescent Treatment Program (PTP) serves children between the ages of 6 and 12, with the goal of improving self-regulation and reducing maladaptive behaviour in a relationally rich environment. Once admitted to the program, children receive therapeutic campus-based care around the clock.

    Each child’s room was specially designed to minimize the risk of injury to others and the children themselves. This awareness for the safety and wellbeing of the children translates into every element of the design from the door handles to the paint colours. Special amenity spaces were carefully designed to support the staff in dealing with combative behaviour. A sensory room houses furniture and fixtures that the children can interact with to calm down during manic episodes. Other spaces such as a reading room and music room also help support the children and foster a sense of calm retreat.

    PhotographyJoel Klassen