Client: Spectrum Health Systems
Location: Westborough, MA
Since 1969 Spectrum Health Systems has helped people with substance use and mental health disorders overcome addiction and reclaim their lives. The non-profit organization operates a range of programs across Massachusetts, Georgia, and Virginia, including inpatient detoxification, residential treatment, medication for substance use disorders, outpatient counseling and peer recovery support. Spectrum also runs several residential programs for adolescents and young adults in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services.
Two Buildings: New Intake Center and Executive Office Building
For several years, Spectrum has been growing on a 25-acre campus in Westborough, Massachusetts, on the grounds of the former Lyman School for Boys, the first so-called “reform school” for wayward boys in the United States, which was established in 1886 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Spectrum recently approached RP Masiello to lead the design-build program for two new buildings to go up on campus in tandem.
The new Intake Center will be a steel frame building of 9,500 square feet over two floors. The design utilizes the topography of the site so that each level will have direct exterior access. The first floor will host a 24-7 urgent clinic to evaluate people in crisis and admit them to the appropriate treatment program. The second floor will host a day-program, with classrooms, counselling spaces, offices, and a cafeteria.
Across the campus, our team will design and build Spectrum’s new headquarters. The two-story steel frame building, with full basement, will be 38,000 sq. ft. in size. The first floor will be masonry clad, with traditional punch windows. The second floor will utilize a glass curtain wall system, bringing a contemporary look that seems to rise out of the traditional base. The second floor will include executive and administrative offices. The first floor will include a multi-purpose training center able to accommodate 50 people, a grab-and-go café, and additional core/shell space for future expansion.
Both buildings will have solar-ready roofs, and infrastructure for electric vehicle charging stations in the adjacent parking lots. Design is underway. Construction will begin in the summer of 2022.