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Monday, December 6, 2021  |  10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Breaking New Ground in Comprehensive Care for Mentally Ill Children

Ed Cheshire, RA, NCARB
Senior Project Manager, Nationwide Children's Hospital
Ryan Hullinger, AIA, NCARB
Partner, NBBJ

The Big Lots Pavilion at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio represents one of the most consequential investments in mental health services the last 10 years. Designed to accommodate over 100 inpatient beds in a variety of settings and a wide array of crisis, respite and outpatient services, the building represents a commitment to a complex and diverse array of clinical treatment options and settings with a focus on prevention and early diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Our presentation will provide an overview of the project and will then focus on four areas where the building embodies some of the most advanced thinking in terms of clinical practice and the design of mental health facilities: 

  • Mental Health Assessment and Crisis Services
  • Care Environments for Children with Co-morbid Mental Illness and Intellectual Disabilities and Autism 
  • Ambulatory, Research and Bridging Services
  • Embracing an Urban Medical Center Setting


1. Understand the current thinking in planning and design of a new project type: a comprehensive community-based care system for the mentally ill.
2. Learn about emerging facility standards for crisis care in the context of one of the most diversely provisioned settings for crisis and bridging care.
3. Learn about how to accommodate bridging services for the mentally ill in the context of a flexible research and ambulatory care platform.
4. Learn about the environmental accommodations that are helpful for the care of children with co-morbid mental illness and autism.

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