Caroline Clinic, Rogers Clark Boulevard, Caroline County, VA
Cox & Associates Architects has designed numerous projects for the Rappahannock Area Community Services Board, starting with a six bedroom group home for developmentally disabled adults in Spotsylvania County in 1991.
Caroline Clinic, built in 2007, houses two separate functions under one roof. A drive up canopy leads to the Day Support program for mentally disabled adults. In a separate portion of the building, accessed by a separate entrance, Mental Health services are provided. The programs share a flexible multipurpose conference and activity space; however, the design of the building allows each side to function independently, including different hours of operation.
The design of the building was developed working with RACSB staff to tweak a model of operation they had used, mostly successfully, in another facility. Building flow and aesthetics were improved from the existing model. Particular attention was paid to maximizing the soundproofing of the therapist offices used for counseling patients who suffer from mental illness. Better accommodations for the needs of developmentally disabled clients were also incorporated into the design. Overall, the building has been designed to be friendly and non-intimidating, while still holding up under the rigorous use required for a facility of this nature.