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Case Study: Behavioral Healthcare Center Expands With the Help of Norix Furniture

The David Lawrence Center is a non-profit, behavioral healthcare agency providing both behavioral healthcare and substance abuse services in Southwest Florida. Founded in 1968, their mission is to restore and rebuild lives by providing skilled, affordable mental health and substance abuse services that are available to all. The center is also a designated Baker Act receiving facility (The Florida Mental Health Act), which includes patients committed involuntarily.

The center provides treatment for minor children with behavioral, emotional, and substance abuse issues, as well as counseling and rehabilitative services to adults in crisis.

The David Lawrence center brought in the PK Studios design team to assist in an expansion project that included both the adult crisis stabilization unit and the children’s crisis stabilization unit. The goal was to create a home-like feel in the adult unit while creating a fun, welcoming atmosphere in the children’s unit, including bedrooms, and living and dining areas. Key considerations are shared below. For full details, download the full case study: David Lawrence Center Expansion.

In addition to the home-like feel, there were a number of furnishing, safety, functionality, aesthetic, cost, and maintenance goals. “We needed our facility to be secure, but didn’t want it to feel like a prison,” stated David Lawrence CEO David Schimmel.

In 2010, David Lawrence Center CFO Scott Geltemeyer was introduced to Norix at a behavioral healthcare conference in Orlando, FL. Impressed by the features and function of Norix furniture, he gave the information to Facilities Director Gary Boivin. Gary reached out to Norix consultative sales specialists, Lee Winer and John Aiello, and through multiple meetings they reviewed colors, materials, and furniture samples for different areas of the facility.

Behavioral Healthcare David Lawrence CenterFor this project, the installation required a high level of coordination with the construction team and with the facility. Norix Group provided installation services, coordinating with both the design team and facilities team to ensure a smooth installation. This involved working around the ongoing construction as well as installing rooms as they were made available.

Gary Boivin, David Lawrence Center Facilities Director, said, “The Norix team was extremely professional. Everything from the furniture selection process through installation to the final inspection went smoothly. Norix installation crew was conscientious and thorough. “

Product List: Hondo® Series Seating, Attenda® Series Patient Room Furniture, ComfortShield® MattressesMadera Series Tables, Sled Base Armless Chairs-COM Fabric, Safehouse® Series Wood Patient Room Furniture

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Behavioral Healthcare Adults Beds

Behavioral Healthcare Center Kid Beds

The Norix Group worked closely with the design and facility teams to meet all of the project objectives.  The new David Lawrence Center opened in November of 2012, providing compassionate behavioral healthcare services in an environment that combines a therapeutic aesthetic with functional safety and security. Boivin added, “All guests, clients, donors and our community partners have expressed positive feedback on the look and feel of the new unit, of which the furniture is such an integral component. The furniture is wearing well and the chosen color palette helped create a warm therapeutic environment.

For more pictures and more details, download the case study at the link above.

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