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Spokane County Mental Health Crisis Stabilization Facility

First of its Kind in WA: Crisis facility runs jail diversion program and transitional treatment under one roof

It’s a beautiful blank slate for us to remodel so that we are able to take advantage of floor-plan efficiencies for operating the facility, as well as complying with what the Department of Health needs to have for licensure for the facility.”
Ariane Schmidt
Regional Project Manager for the City of Spokane and Spokane County

DCI Engineers provided primary structural and civil engineering services for this one-story crisis facility – the first of its kind in Washington state where treatment, medical, mental health, and substance abuse services are under one roof. The adapted, existing building is located within a quarter mile from the county jail, where authorities determine if individuals qualify for the venue’s jail diversion program. The crisis facility’s change of occupancy involved converting an existing URM motor pool building and property into an occupiable facility with 45 treatment beds.

The structural team assessed and upgraded the original building’s lateral system to meet current code requirements, which involved adding ties between the roof and walls. The civil team coordinated the demolition plan for the building’s perimeter asphalt and concrete pavement; erosion control; grading; storm water; and utility plans.

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Spokane, Washington
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Structural, Civil
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Government & Municipal, Seismic/Adaptive Renovation
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Primary Material:
Steel, Masonry, Wood

Project Highlights

  • The project scope entailed designing structural support to expand existing openings and to add new penetrations to the URM walls.
  • The structural team detailed framing for a mechanical mezzanine level which required ductwork clearances.
  • The civil team worked with the fire protection engineer to determine the most efficient fire protection design for a new fire sprinkler system.
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