Legat Architects

Color and Pattern

The west elevation shows the addition (left), the retrofit (right), and fenced-in courtyards (center). Designers used façade patterning and color to create a cleaner look. Faux wood, for instance, identifies the day rooms.

“Like many projects, this was challenged by an uncompromising budget and timeframe, and it demanded a high degree of technical expertise. Legat demonstrated its ability to rise to each of these challenges while striking the right balance between design creativity and our overall expectations.”

Bright Assembly

Patients at Lake Behavioral Hospital spend most of their time in day rooms. The bright, open spaces offer chairs and tables for therapy, along with safety laminated glazing windows.


Safety Paramount

Brighter corridors contrast with the more restful grays and blues of the patient rooms. The Spartan patient rooms, positioned like satellites around day rooms, feature anti-ligature hardware, mirrors, and toilet accessories.

“Compared to the old facility, the new spaces are much more spread out so patients can move around in a calming environment full of light.”

High Counters, Clear Views

Nursing stations have high counters (prevent patients from reaching over) and direct visibility down corridors.


Fresh Air

The first floor accesses two courtyards surrounded by cedar fencing.