Project Overview

Caro Center is currently a Regional State Hospital under the jurisdiction of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) for adults with mental illness. The existing cottage-style complex is located three miles from Caro, Michigan, in a rural setting of approximately 650 acres. Caro Center provides psychiatric services for up to 150 patients on a 24 hours/day and 365 days/year basis, for all of northern-lower Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. The vision and goal of the new hospital are to provide a single facility with a capacity of 200 beds, supporting an efficient, comprehensive, safe, and flexible environment for patients and staff, designed specifically to encourage and enhance the rehabilitation of adults with mental illness.

Opened in 1914 to care for epileptic patients, the facilities at Caro Center are not designed to support rehabilitation of patients with mental illness. Nonetheless, the facility has housed psychiatric patients over the past four decades.

The campus contributes to inefficiency of patient care and complicates security measures. Vehicles are required to transport patients from one building to another. Programmatic spaces are duplicated throughout the complex. The buildings are past their useful life and do not provide proper space or amenities for psychiatric rehabilitation in line with current regulations. DHHS acknowledges a wait list currently exists of patients to enter the Caro Center and forecasts an increase in demand over the next decade.

The new hospital will be a single, two-story facility with a partial basement and rooftop penthouse, totaling approximately 225,000 SF, housing 200 adult patient beds, clinical support/treatment areas, administration spaces, kitchen, loading dock, maintenance shops, pharmacy, environmental services, security and outdoor recreation spaces.

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Services

Architecture
Elecrical
Interiors
Mechanical

Project Size

225,000 SF

Project Cost

$115,000,000

Project Contact

David Sproul
State of Michigan – DTMB

Project Team

IDS
Architect and Engineer
HOK
Design Partner
Architecture+
Behavioral Health Consultant
SDI Structures
Structural Engineer
Beckett & Raeder, Inc
Civil Engineer | Landscape Architect
E.F. Whitney, Inc
Food Service
Granger Construction
Construction Manager

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