Adolfson & Peterson Construction (AP), a national, family-owned construction management and contracting company, recently topped out Oasis Behavioral Health Hospital (OBHH), officially marking the construction’s midpoint.
“AP recognizes the ongoing mental health crisis and its impact on the nation and construction industry. There’s an increased need for mental health care access since the pandemic, so we’re continuing to construct quality healthcare resources to ensure we not only build up the facilities but also hope within the communities they serve,” said Scott Salyer, AP’s vice president of project development. “Topping out OBHH brings the Chandler community one step closer to life-changing behavioral health services for the community.”
The OBHH expansion includes two phases. Phase one featured site improvements to the facility’s storm drainage and parking areas, and Phase two includes the new two-story building expansion to the existing facility. Located at 2190 N. Grace Blvd., the 33,000-square-foot addition adds 52 beds to the complex and will help answer the Valley’s need for behavioral health services. This hospital addition is one of the many mental and behavioral health-focused facilities AP has built over the years, with several other projects starting or underway.
The United States is experiencing an unparalleled mental health care services shortage, with Arizona having one of the lowest access rates to care according to Mental Health America. One in every five people has a mental health need which amounts to over one million Arizona residents ages 12 and up. Since the pandemic, this need has increased and amplified. Over half of the adult and teenage populations in Arizona with depression did not receive care, with one in three Arizonian adults and teens reporting symptoms of poor mental health. The OBHH expansion project will help bridge this gap in the surrounding community with treatment options curated around the individual to provide healing health options in times of crisis.
“Johnson Johnson Crabtree Architects (JJCA) is proud to partner with Acadia Healthcare to provide Chandler and the greater Phoenix area with the most current design strategies and safety standards for OBHH’s patients and community,” said Steven Reutter, AIA, CDT, CCCA; JJCA’s principal and behavioral health practice leader. “The building addition incorporates best practices and evidence-based design to provide a safe and healing environment to its occupants. AP has brought great value and construction knowledge to the team, and we look forward to working alongside them in bringing the design to life.”
JJCA is the architect for this project.
More private mental health providers will continue to expand to meet the growing need for mental health services across the country. And as they do, AP is committed to helping them construct facilities that improve the mental health of the communities in which we live and build.
“Behavioral health acuity and demand in Arizona and across the country is at pandemic levels. This new hospital will bring much needed beds and services in a state-of-the-art facility to Chandler and the surrounding communities,” said Jennifer Nuñez, chief executive officer for OBHH. “We are working with AP because they share our values, urgency and commitment to building the highest quality behavioral health hospital for this area. We look forward to opening our doors to bring hope and healing to those in need.”
AP supports mental health treatment across the nation through its work on higher education facilities, hospitals, correctional facilities, office buildings and even public safety facilities. AP has maintained an office in Arizona for 30 years. Since then, AP Southwest successfully completed industrial, healthcare and K-12 education projects for clients such as Honeywell, Reunion Rehabilitation Hospitals, Acadia Healthcare, United Surgical Partners International, Candeo Schools, Kyrene School District, Flowing Wells Unified School District and Douglas Unified School District.