Boulder Community Health Riverbend Health Center  |  Boulder, Colorado

Boulder Community Hospital (BCH) Riverbend Health Center is a re-development of four existing properties into a three-story, 70,430 s.f. medical office building located adjacent to the parent Foothills Hospital. The layout and program was determined over the course of a multi-day 3P event conducted by the design team that involved hospiltal leadership, administration, and clinical staff. This hands-on involvement of the staff allowed the team to develop a layout over the course of the event that really addressed their concerns over clinical operations and flow.

The program includes outpatient behavioral health, integrative care, ECT, neurology, behavioral health (to include 18 beds and two seclusion rooms). An adjacent six-level parking structure alleviates parking overflow from the main hospital as well as providing ground-level storefront retail so accompanying families can conveniently grab food or coffee while patients are in treatment. A large courtyard space in a garden setting is a defining feature of the campus, providing fresh air, views to the night sky, and safe pedestrian connections between the medical office building and parking garage, and neighboring facilities.

The behavioral health unit, featuring tunable lighting, was designed with a neighborhood approach where the patient room is their home, the oversized hallways are the front porch, and the day and dining spaces are the downtown areas. This gives the patients the choice of bring in the thick of activity, observe from a distance, or, for those permitted, total privacy.

Energy-efficiency was a major goal for this 24/7 facility, and modeling indicates 33% energy cost reduction. Three photovoltaic arrays were installed on the roof and parking garage canopies, totaling 47 kW. Reduction of operating expenses allows more capital to flow to patient programs, and helps support Boulder Community Health’s carbon reduction goals.