University of Toronto professor Stephen Verderber’s new book – “Innovations in Behavioural Health Architecture” – features the ZGF-designed Seattle Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit (PBMU).
A six-page spread highlights how the project creates a nurturing and supportive environment using natural and playful design elements while simultaneously ensuring security and safety. This runs in contrast to more typical behavioral-health spaces, which can be sterile and even detention-like.
The two-story Seattle Children’s PBMU was completed in two phases, and added 41 beds to the Seattle Children’s main campus. Children ages 3-18 with complex mental-health issues receive treatment inside the 34,000-square-foot space. The design provides a warm and welcoming environment where natural light and views to the outdoors are maximized to promote healing.