UTHealth Continuum of Care Campus for Behavioral Health (Houston), part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth), and Perkins and Will (Houston), an interdisciplinary, research-based architecture and design firm, have reached a project milestone with the topping out of the facility.

Upon completion, the 220,000-square-foot facility will include 264 new inpatient beds, clinical units, support services, and education and research spaces. It will comprise two separate buildings, spanned by a glazed bridge, and incorporate courtyards and outdoor spaces.

The design aesthetic is inspired by natural light and nature with a warm material palette. Inside each unit, a daylit central living space is surrounded by patient bedrooms. Plans also include a therapy mall, activity room, and a communal dining facility that look into the internal courtyard through floor-to-ceiling glass.

The project is slated for completion in late 2021. The project team also includes Vaughn Construction (contractor; Houston).