The University of Kansas Health System Strawberry Hill Campus, located in downtown Kansas City, Kansas, recently opened. Renovating an unoccupied building to become a behavioral health facility, the 110,000-square-foot campus features 47 private patient rooms, a tiered interior atrium, music and art therapy rooms, quiet rooms, administrative offices, kitchen and dining venues. In addition, the exterior received upgraded site utilities, new ambulance drop-off and recreational courtyard.
To take advantage of the existing design elements and enhance healing, the team installed over 1,400 live plants within the atrium to create a sense of the outdoors, evoking a calming environment for patients and staff.
The project team included JE Dunn Construction and CannonDesign.
Since the facility opened, the surrounding community has seen a surge in redevelopment efforts. Inspired by the renovation, other businesses are following suit to reinvigorate the development in the city and nearby areas.