Carrier Clinic is an independent, nonprofit behavioral healthcare system that specializes in psychiatric and addiction treatment for adolescents, adults and seniors. Located on more than 100 acres at the foothills of the Sourland Mountains in Belle Mead, Carrier Clinic has offered caring solutions and help for patients and their families since opening its doors in 1910.
In order to continue providing a safe, compassionate and respectful environment for its patients, Carrier Clinic embarked on a comprehensive building program to make the facility ecofriendly and durable as well as conducive to the patients’ needs for recovery. It also needed to address safety needs, and reduce the cost of maintenance and upkeep. The plan centered around updating, expanding and/or modernizing facilities in order to improve patient services, meet staff needs, and improve patient and staff safety.
The $21-million-project began with a master plan that analyzed the pedestrian and vehicular circulation and the existing building program. The analysis identified areas for building expansions and spaces that required significant renovation, and established a program to accomplish these goals.
The approved plan identified three primary projects. Additions and renovations were made to the substance abuse clinic called Blake House, including doubling the size of the facility, adding a new dining room, and converting all patient rooms into 20 semi-private rooms. The Access Care Center and Adolescent Unit were expanded and modernized. The existing inpatient Acute Care building for detoxifying and/or rehabilitating those suffering from the symptoms of drug or alcohol addiction was expanded to offer 40 beds in 20 semi-private rooms in separate wings for men and women.
These projects allow more patients to receive the quality treatment, education, compassionate care and outstanding service they need and for which Carrier Clinic is known, while also allowing staff (approximately 910 at the site) to work more efficiently and effectively.
Construction Co., Inc.
Michael V. Kerwin
President & CEO
Somerset County Business Partnership
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