Built in the 1980s, Presbyterian’s Children’s Behavioral unit has seen many years of use and the outdated facilities needed of major upgrades to both the infrastructure and interior spaces. The building had dated fixtures, worn finishes, limited spaces for client use, and insufficient staff support areas.
D/P/S, along with key stakeholders for the behavioral health department at Presbyterian, worked together within a limited budget to rehabilitate existing client rooms, and stretched the budget to achieve much more.
The unit was expanded from 10 client rooms to 15, each with “wicket” style doors allowing staff access into the rooms even if clients were attempting to barricade themselves. Showers were updated with seamless solid surface materials, while shower head and control walls featuring ligature resistant design were incorporated into the updated showers. Glass mirrors were removed from the existing client walls and reflective polycarbonate was securely installed to further limit risk of self-harm. Door hardware was replaced with anti-ligature controls and continuous piano hinges limiting ligature access points. All plumbing fixtures were concealed to prevent unwanted access and the thermostats within the rooms removed.
Supporting client areas were all brought up to standards – creating larger, safer activity spaces which featured colors in a nature theme that is infused throughout the space. A new nourishment station provides clients controlled access to beverages, but can be secured with an overhead door when necessary. A new and large group therapy space was created that was directly accessible from the unit – providing clients with computer access and large views of the existing courtyard. Furniture throughout the space was carefully selected to accent architectural elements and create a welcoming environment, while keeping the safety of both clients and staff in mind.
The dated infrastructure also required significant upgrades. Mechanical systems were replaced in many client and staff areas re-aligning the existing fire rated walls and creating a new smoke compartment. Dated plumbing lines were reconfigured with additional shut-off valves so maintenance could access without entering the client rooms and providing additional controls for staff to prevent facility damage. Electrical lighting was updated with secure tamper resistant fixtures featuring long life LED technology to further reduce the need for maintenance staff to disrupt the quiet, healing environment for clients.
Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients for 60 years. Our staff includes architects, interior designers, planners, structural engineers, landscape architects, and experts in sustainable design in offices in Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; Las Cruces, NM; and Amarillo, TX. As a regional leader in design excellence and sustainability, we have successfully completed thousands of projects by collaborating directly with owners and communities.
Our professionals are experienced in primary, secondary, and post-secondary facility design to provide specialty design services for a variety of educational facilities. This diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the Southwest. A well-designed building not only provides an aesthetically pleasing and functional environment for the people who work and learn in them, but also centers on a balanced response to changing ideas in teaching with recognition of our client’s reputation and traditions.
We are an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients for more than 55 years. To better respond to our clients’ needs, we have concentrated our design and technical resources into “Practice Areas,” where our personnel specialize in building types such as housing, commercial, healthcare, government and education. Through the Practice Area concept, designers work on the projects they are passionate about, honing their skills specific to that type, keeping abreast of the latest trends, and training the next generation of designers.
We provide specialty design services for a variety of commercial projects, including workplaces, mixed-use developments, retail, and restaurants. We have experience with commercial projects in markets throughout the Southwest, as well as major markets elsewhere in the United States. Our diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the nation. A well-designed building provides an “edge” to our clients, whether the task at hand is to reach out to customers or to recruit and retain tenants and employees.
We provide landscape architecture services to all of the specialized design groups within our offices as well as to external clients. The Landscape Architecture team focuses on the planning and design of exterior places – with a thorough understanding of real estate development and the interrelatedness of structures, land, and people. From project inception to the close of construction, our landscape team makes important contributions to a collaborative, multidisciplinary design process with their expertise in concept development, site planning & design, and landscape design.
Building a sense of home into housing.
Building housing means more than designing spaces—it means creating a place that feels like home. As our communities grow in size and diversity, technology advances and the very definition of “home” changes from family to family, how do we help our clients create housing that meets the eclectic needs of its residents while also meeting the objectives of the client?
We do our homework. We take into consideration a multitude of factors: rents, vacancy rates, demand and construction costs, to name a few. We also research the building’s future tenants. Who are they, what do they need and how can we create an optimal environment based on their unique circumstances? With our combined knowledge of project financing and the latest trends and metrics, we can provide our clients with flexible solutions while providing our communities with a stronger foundation from which to grow.
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Master planned communities
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Student housing complexes
Tax credit packages
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DPS is recognized as one of the best multifamily architects in New Mexico.
The building must stand.
Buildings that can adapt to whatever tomorrow brings must first stand the test of time. Our structural engineers work interdependently with each of our disciplines to ensure every building is safe and resilient far into the future, while staying true to the objectives of each project. Together, we help create lasting structures that protect your vision, your investment, and most importantly, your people.
We provide specialty design and planning services for a variety of public clients. Our professionals have “hands on” experience with civic projects throughout the southwest, including personnel who have project experience while serving in the public sector. Their talent enables us to develop innovative planning and design solutions that draw upon “lessons learned” from the various public agencies served.
As a leader in the field, we have over 20 years’ experience in the design of healthcare facilities. With more than 20 multi-disciplined personnel, our Healthcare Group has collectively worked on more than 250 healthcare projects. Our group has created master plans for medical centers, planned new hospitals and hospital additions, orchestrated major renovations to outdated hospitals and created spaces for highly specialized equipment.
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Protecting the environments we live and work in has always been a priority for our company. Long before sustainability became a popular topic of conversation, we felt a deep responsibility to take every step possible in order to make the lightest footprint on our planet. Our energy efficient projects are designed for the unique climates they exist in. In the Southwest, we carefully consider siting, solar orientation, appropriate fenestration, building mass, appropriate mechanical systems and the use of building materials readily available in our region to create LEED Certified buildings.
We provide a wide range of planning and design services, from conceptual land use plans to design guidelines to municipal submittals and approvals. We excel at providing integrated design and planning solutions that are market-driven and sustainable. Projects range from large-scale master planned communities to small in-fill tracts. Our group utilizes the design expertise of the firm and a collaborative approach to maximize development opportunities for the client. With our integrated team of planners, landscape architects, and architects, we can generate initial design concepts and take projects through to construction documents.
Spaces that work harder.
We design buildings to do more for people, not the other way around. Without interior spaces that help accomplish the objectives of those who use the building, what’s the point? Our interior designers specialize in creating spaces that help recruit and retain, elevate learning, facilitate healing, enrich the consumer experience, and improve quality of life. Working closely with our clients and consultants, together we design places that extend the life of a building by enhancing the lives of those within it.
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Custom interior design
Workplace performance evaluations
Space needs assessments
Corporate standards programs
ADA, ergonomics evaluation, and product recommendations
Our passion is to help our clients realize their dreams by partnering with them through a collaborative, multidisciplined process that recognizes new trends and utilizes technologies to create functional, comfortable, and stimulating places. Browse some of our newest projects that are currently in construction.