Sequoyah Adolescent Treatment Center was originally designed without a specific operational program or management plan. The general goal for the facility was to treat violent, mentally ill youths before they become long-term criminals. The youths could come to a facility through the justice incarceration system or for voluntary treatment. The proposed architectural program included a combination of secured detention and behavioral treatment facility. DWL.NM, in consultation with behavioral treatment psychiatrist, determined that the proposed facility should have a high level of perimeter security but minimize or soften visible security within the interior. To achieve this goal a “doughnut” concept of connected village-like buildings surrounds a large internal courtyard. Functions within the facility include: Gymnasium, Residential Units, Kitchen, Cafeteria, Administration, Counseling, Medical/Dental, Education and Maintenance.

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