The John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center at UTHealth Science Center’s Houston Continuum Care Campus celebrated its grand opening in March 2022. Built in partnership with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), the new 253,000-square-foot, 264-bed facility is the first public psychiatric hospital Texas has opened in 25 years.
Perkins&Will’s Houston studio designed the new Behavioral Sciences Center with associate architect, Smith & Company Architects. Enhancing comfort and calm within this healing environment, multiple Rockfon acoustic ceiling products were specified as the basis of design. These included two types of suspension systems, four types of acoustic stone wool panels and linear metal panels. In total, AECO Interior Contractors installed more than 119,000 square feet of Rockfon ceiling systems throughout the facility.
Nearly 80,000 square feet of Rockfon® Alaska® and Tropic™ stone wool ceiling panels were installed in the provider offices. These products deliver very high sound absorption, helping create a calm, comfortable and confidential setting in the provider offices and treatment areas. In the training and meeting rooms, sound-absorbing ceilings enhance learning through speech intelligibility for clear communication and concentration.
A Noise Reduction Coefficient is the measurement used to demonstrate ceiling systems’ acoustic performance. Perkins&Will specified Rockfon Alaska and Pacific with a best-level 0.90 NRC. The Center for Health Design categorizes the use of high-performing, sound-absorptive, acoustic ceilings with an 0.90 NRC or higher as a priority design recommendation base on the strength of evidence available and the impact on safety, quality and cost.
Acoustic standards for health care facilities are detailed in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED® v4 rating system, the National Institute of Health (NIH) Design Requirements Manual, and The Facility Guidelines Institute (FGI), the health care industry’s authoritative source for guidance on facility planning, design and construction. Rockfon ceiling panels comply with all acoustic ceiling requirements in building standards.
John S. Dunn Behavioral Sciences Center at UTHealth Science Center, Continuum Care Campus