Greer Mental Health|
NEAL PRINCE + PARTNERS ARCHITECTS
110 West North Street, #300, Greenville, SC 29601
Greer, South Carolina
Total Square Feet:
June 2003 to May 2004
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: Cary Engineering - 534 Old Howell Road, Greenville, SC 29615
GENERAL CONTRACTOR: Moose Construction Company, Inc. - 917 Harrington Street, Newberry, SC 29108
ELECTRICAL ENGINEER: Burdette Engineering, Inc. - 102 Pilgrim Road, Greenville, SC 29607
MECHANICAL ENGINEER: Peritus Engineers - 10 E. Dorchester Boulevard, Greenville, SC 29605
LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: Milone & MacBroom - 307-B Falls Street, Greenville, SC 29601
COST ESTIMATOR: Conceptual Estimates - 158 Pickering Drive, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
The Greer Mental Health Center is an extension of the South Carolina Department of Mental Health network. The center provides outpatient services for adults, children, and adolescents with chronic and persistent mental illness, including childhood emotional and behavioral problems. For two decades, these services had been provided to the community at a leased facility. The downsizing of state mental institutions and the increase of community services resulted in an enormous amount of people needing outpatient care. With 800 to 900 patients seeking care, the leased building was no longer adequate. This led the South Carolina Department of Mental Health to commission Neal Prince + Partners to design a new facility in Greer, South Carolina. The new facility opened in 2004 and features individual offices for the professional staff, separate waiting areas for adults and children, a playroom for the younger children that facilitates play therapy, individual therapy rooms, and group and family therapy rooms.
To respond to the context of the nearby mill village/bungalow style architecture, Neal Prince + Partners utilized a lowpitched roof, a brick/siding exterior skin, and wood columns with brick piers. The two-story spine that dissects the exterior volume is used for natural day-lighting of interior spaces as well as for a mezzanine that houses the building's mechanical system. Large roof overhangs were used to protect the exterior wall's operable windows from the elements.
The new Greer Mental Health Center is twice the size of the leased facility, provides room for growth, and is master planned for future expansion.
DIV 04: Brick: Boral.
DIV 07: Shingles: Elk.