Project Description

Project Case Study

Fairfield Behavioral Health Services:
Designed with Community in Mind

Like many small communities throughout the United States, Fairfield County and the town of Winnsboro, SC, have seen their fair share of economic hardship. In 2017, they eagerly awaited the development of a new mega-site industrial park, which when completed,would bring countless jobs and infrastructure to this struggling community. The plans fell through, dashing the hopes of an economic upturn for leaders and residents alike.

The county’s unemployment rate continued to rise, contributing to an increase in substance abuse and mental health issues —a nationwide problem according to a 2013 governmental study that found 1 in 6 unemployed workers are addicted to drugs or alcohol: nearly twice the rate for full-time workers.

Local leaders and residents responded to this growing issue, creating the new non-profit Fairfield Behavioral Health Services facility which provides county residents with quality comprehensive and affordable alcohol, tobacco and drug intervention, treatment, prevention and education services.

J.M. Cope was honored to be selected as the design-build partner for the project. Featuring an array of offices, conference rooms, screening rooms and group meeting areas, the state-of-the-art facility allows the counselors, social workers, prevention specialists and trained staff to provide prevention and treatment services to the community’s deserving residents.

The 64,080 SF building, constructed with reinforced foundations and slab on grade, features a wood framed structure with interior steel columns and beams as well as a roof truss system. The facility’s exterior consists of a brick and synthetic stone veneer, asphalt shingle roof, and storefront windows while the interior finishes include painted gypsum board, vinyl wall coverings and a natural stone accent wall. It also features luxury vinyl tile, carpet, hard tile, and vinyl composition tile flooring throughout,in addition to prefinished wood doors and tegular-edge acoustical ceiling tile systems.

Along with standard plumbing and electrical systems, the facility also contains split system HVAC units integrated with the building’s fire alarm system and the owner’s access controls. The facility’s site development consisted of site clearing, grading, erosion and stormwater control measures including a retention pond. The improved site now features a new entrance drive —constructed to SCDOT specifications—as well as an asphalt parking lot with concrete walks and full landscaping. The facility was licensed by DHEC after multiple DHEC inspections and facility review.

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