Rockland Children's Center

Orangeburg, New York

  • FIRM

    Urbahn Architects


    Office of Mental Health

  • AREA

    104,403 sq.ft.





The Rockland Children’s Center is the first new pediatric mental-health hospital constructed by the New York State Office of Mental Health in 40 years. The 56-bed center comprises varied program elements, including a school, clinic and residential units, as well as recreation, administration and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$430.00FEATURED IN2010 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYHealthcare Facilities/Teaching Hospitals spaces.

Because patient stays can be lengthy, the school is small but full-service and includes dedicated spaces for science, art and physical education. Daylighting via ample windows is augmented by indirect light fixtures utilizing full-spectrum daylight lamping. Classrooms were separated acoustically to enhance speech intelligibility and reduce outside distraction. Interactive whiteboards and distance-learning technology are provided in each classroom. 

The facility is linked by a central spine generated by the contours of the sloped site. Known as "the neighborhood," this primary circulation is an animated Main Street accessing major program areas and marking the daily transition from "home" to "public" life. The primary experience is one of vibrant color and playful form highlighted by ample natural light. Images of nature echo throughout the interior, with leaves and grasses sandwiched within interior glazing and a large central aquarium.