3 West (Behavioral Health)
The 3-West construction project began mid-July 2015, which is modernizing the unit similarly to other nursing units in the Health Center. It will have wood grain floors, soft green tones on the walls and cocoa-colored furniture to help people feel more at home, creating a comfortable space for emotional and mental healing and recovery. Each patient room will have a 32-inch flat screen television, which will improve the patients' experience. The 16-bed unit will have double occupancy rooms with modern bathrooms; and communal family rooms for single and group activities. All windows will be replaced as they are original to the building.
Additionally, there will be several new safety features. The nurse’s station will be moved to create a visual field of all the rooms on the unit, and drop-down ceilings will be replaced with a solid ceilng. All equipment will be tamper proof and all doors will have piano hinges, non-looping door knobs and a new piece of equipment that will sound an alarm if there is more than two pounds of pressure put on the tops of any doors.
The $3.3 million project will be completed in phases over 18 months. The renovation work on 2 East and West, 3 West and the ENT Clinic is creating 60 full time construction (trades) jobs and the trickle down of 96 other jobs. McCarthy of St. Louis is the general contractor.