The Keystone Center is a behavioral health facility that offers “continuum of care” for adolescents—ages 11 to 17—that suffer from diagnoses such as anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and depression. Continuum of Care is “a concept involving a system that guides and tracks patients over time through a comprehensive array of health services spanning all levels and intensity of care.” Active therapies such as art, dancing, cooking, etc. are provided for both in-patients and out-patients in order to allow both groups to interact, socialize, and build confidence.
The concept is based on the idea of Synergy, synergy being “the interaction of multiple agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of the separate parts.” In a successful treatment facility, there is a synergy between the in-patient, out-patient, and gathering spaces. The designs of the three main forms that interlock represent this idea of synergy and house the three main functions.