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WELCOME CHANGE

Deerfield Academy's D. S. Chen Health and
Wellness Center, Deerfield, Mass., completed
August 2019

ROBERT BENSON PHOTOGRAPHY

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The building's white clapboard and pitched roof
blend in with the colonial character of the historic
Deerfield, Mass., neighborhood.

EADERS OF DEERFIELD Academy, an independent, coeducational boarding and day school located in Deerfield, Mass., wanted to upgrade its undersized 1940s
health center to a larger, home-like setting for general
infirmary care, counseling services, and on-site health
education and wellness classes that are a core part of the
school's curriculum.
With architecture firm ARC/Architectural Resources
Cambridge (Boston) on board, the project team sought to create a facility on Deerfield Academy's historic campus that aligned with the school's
commitment to sustainability, health, and wellness while reducing the
stigma often associated with receiving medical and mental healthcare services. Input from staff, students, and outside clinicians as well as tours to
peer schools' health centers emphasized the preference for a facility that
didn't resemble a traditional healthcare setting but instead focused on feeling inclusive and welcoming through the use of warm materials and colors
and residential-style furnishings.
The 30,000-square-foot Deerfield Academy's D. S. Chen Health and
Wellness Center, which opened in August 2019, includes an outpatient
clinic, with eight infirmary rooms that can double as patient rooms for
students who need to be kept overnight or longer. A medication office for
dispensing prescriptions is located off the main entrance for easy access,
while the building itself was strategically located near the campus dining
hall so students can easily drop in to get their medication on the way to or
from meals. The second floor houses a counseling suite, nutrition room,
classrooms, and a quiet room for students that's designed to encourage
quiet concentration away from the active campus.
The project team sought to strike a balance between privacy and accessibility for specific services, including medication pick-up and counseling. For
example, the counseling suite is discretely tucked away from the public corridor while wood-slat screening in the stairway to the clinic creates a more
private experience for students going to their appointments.
To respond to goals for sustainability, building solutions include energyefficient mechanical systems, a large solar panel array installed to offset
the building's energy usage, daylighting, and natural materials. Large windows and views of the surrounding trees and landscape help support the
project's biophilic design goals, as well, with windows in all patient rooms;
staff break rooms; offices; and shared spaces such as the waiting areas, day room, and quiet room. A nature-inspired color
scheme of vibrant greens and golds in public spaces and softer blue and brown in patient rooms round out the approach .

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