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Arizona State Forensic Hospital

Gilbane Addresses the Need for an Updated Forensic Hospital

Gilbane Building Company served as the construction manager for the new 104,000 square foot Arizona State Forensic Hospital to replace the existing 1952 antiquated facility that provided secure housing and treatment for mentally ill patients who are found guilty of crimes.  New construction began on the occupied Arizona State Hospital Campus in late 2009, surrounded by an active corrections facility which required tight security measures throughout construction.

The new hospital included the construction of 10 new buildings and interior demolition with renovations to an existing single-story office building. The building featured:

  • 120 patient rooms sized for one or two patients with private bathrooms
  • Specialized intensive care unit
  • Therapy mall (One-story medical neural-geriatric unit, 2 two-story medical to high acuity patients linked along a social rehabilitation treatment “street” to assist with training for daily life in a controlled environment).
  • Support areas (isolation, multi-purpose, meeting, testing, evaluation, visitor center, kitchen/dining, centralized nursing, therapy areas, security control and command center, sallyport)
  • Technology advances with infrared detection and security cameras for diverse treatment options
  • An exterior constructed with secure hardened materials
  • Advanced security features (views for staff, open design, limits to contraband hiding places)
  • Green building practices built to LEED Silver certification standards


Maximizing the budget   

The Gilbane team determined during the programming phase that the original 200-bed plan was not possible for the established budget. Gilbane collaborated with the architect and a revised plan of 80 beds was created with an alternate for 20 additional beds. When the GMP was developed, Gilbane was able to examine the costs and work with the team to deliver 40 additional beds within the allotted budget, bringing the facility up to 120 beds and allowing the state to meet the current population needs for the Forensic Hospital.