Connecticut design firm, Richard Turlington Architects met with the new Executive committee of Silver Hill Hospital at the time in 2005. The newly appointed team was charged with re-structuring the hospitals 42-acre healthcare campus, renovating its many buildings, landscaping the grounds with landscape architects and civil engineers that would join the team later, creating enough parking, working with new staff and so much more while also striving to accommodate their residential neighbors of New Canaan Connecticut.
Silver Hill Hospital was founded in 1931 and over time became collection of homes acquired through the years. Richard Turlington Architects wanted to focus on the global goals of the hospital's new team and unify them with our comprehensive ideas unifying the campus so it would read as one entity designed with wellness at the forefront of the long-term goals enhancing patient wellness. Richard Turlington Architects identified the conceptual direction and designs that became the foundation of what Silver Hill Hospital is becoming and will continue to implement into the future.
Silver Hill Hospital is located in an incredibly bucolic farm-like residential neighborhood in New Canaan Connecticut comprised of 42 acres complete with historic stone bridges, fieldstone walls, babbling brooks, wetlands and lots of beautiful old trees. It is common to see deer, wild Turkey and other wildlife meandering through the historic grounds. Richard Turlington Architects ensured that these experiences, through the course of design change, would endure.
Before the new executive team and the New Haven based architecture firm of Richard Turlington Architects joined together in this endeavor contractors, architects and designers alike provided services to the campus but in myopic spurts. Ultimately what the current team discovered was that there was no continuity to the mental Health facility and it was an assemblage of piecemeal contributions of the past that posed the biggest challenge.
Additional challenges presented included the fact that the campus is situated in two different towns. This posed many planning and zoning hurdles as well as transporting patients over the state road of Valley Road, that bifurcates the hospitals two campuses; East and West. Further there is a river that runs through the campus that remains under the control of the Army CORE of engineers. And lastly that much of the 42-acre campus is located in an area of protected wetlands.
In 2005, with an excited and talented new team of executives and designers managing the hospitals future Silver Hill Hospital and Richard Turlington Architects began their work as a collaborative team and the master planning commenced. The team strategically worked across the campus in our holistic design approach creating a cohesive institution that has now surpassed its former reputation with world-renowned patient centered care.
Although master planning is a standard conceptual approach for developing and organizing any institution, this campus had a unique responsibility. The master plan established at Silver Hill Hospital is an ongoing and iterative project that continues to develop today.
One of the most important details of the master plan was to include safe pedestrian walkways that are well lit, safe from the flow of traffic and don't endanger or impede the local drivers on Valley Road.
Wellness and healthcare design is a very special sector of Richard Turlington Architects, as we care so deeply about mental health. At Silver Hill, we restructured the 40-acre campus from paint to stone, carpet to roof and everything in between. Our goal was to create a mental health facility that fosters healing through tranquility. At Richard Turlington Architects, we focus on wellness, as part of our holistic design culture. We realize that every detail impacts every occupant's experience. We know that colors, textures, layout and even smells directly impact the wellbeing of anyone that enters the campus. And, with that in mind, we strive to create healthy environments. We are so proud to be a thread in the fabric of Silver Hill because we care so deeply about healthcare design.