Developed for the Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services, the Hancock Geriatric Treatment Center is a 150-bed psychiatric facility specializing in the care of geriatric patients suffering from dementia. The facility design incorporates the latest advances in evidence-based design and includes special considerations appropriate for this population, reflecting DBHDS’ mission to support individuals by promoting self-determination and wellness in all aspects of life.

Special considerations for the geriatric population include unique color schemes and finishes, wayfinding, wider door widths, and a unique building geometry to account for the wandering tendency of geriatric patients, especially those with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. The layout enables safe circulation while maintaining focus around a central core of patient activity areas. This project was delivered under Virginia’s Public-Private Education and Facilities Act (PPEA) of 2002.

National Council for Public Private Partnerships Innovation Award, 2008