March 20, 2013
The new home of the WSU Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences.
Just eight months after a ceremonial groundbreaking, the department is relocating to the Wayne State University Medical Office Building at Tolan Park. The move is expected to be completed by the end of this week.
Tuesday was the first day of a planned three-day move, said David Rosenberg, M.D., chair of the department, and so far the process has been smooth. The department expects to be back to full operation by the end of March.
“This has been a major morale enhancer for the department, with growing anticipation and excitement about moving into a new, state-of-the art building,” Dr. Rosenberg said.
The new building is north of Mack Avenue, on the east side of Beaubien.
Developed by Queen Lillian LLC, a Detroit-based architectural firm, the new offices will also house a portion of the School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine.
The five-story building sits on 2.7 acres adjacent to Tolan Park. The site provides a strategic location within the medical area of Midtown, with close proximity to the WSU School of Medicine campus and the hospitals of the Detroit Medical Center. The $18 million project resulted in 62,846 square feet of new office space.
"Being a Detroiter, I want to be part of the city's resurgence," said Christopher Jackson, who, with Jim Jenkins, is one of the two principals of Queen Lillian LLC. "I wanted to invest in Midtown, and this project will add millions to the city's tax base, which will produce long-term growth for Detroit.”
Wayne State University will lease the building from Queen Lillian LLC for a 25-year period. At the end of that term, the university will have the option to purchase the building for a $1 payment.
“With this building, our Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences has a new, state-of-the-art home, with a physical presence on the campus of the medical school and on Midtown’s medical campus,” said Valerie M. Parisi, M.D., M.P.H., M.B.A., dean of the WSU School of Medicine. “This new building will be more convenient for our patients, who often are first seen at one of the hospitals in the Detroit Medical Center system. This is a beautiful new edifice that further complements the growing Midtown area and adds to the revitalization of Detroit.”
The design of the building incorporated essential considerations specific to the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, including telecommunications technology systems designed for future flexibility and expansion.
“Things went very smoothly,” Jackson said. “We did a lot of preparation work with Dr. Rosenberg on the front end to investigate how they were using their previous space and how they wanted to use the new space more efficiently.
The building was constructed using methods that will allow it to qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, including initiatives to conserve natural resources, reduce operating costs and improve employee productivity and satisfaction. LEED certification is achieved by meeting specific requirements in five environmental categories – site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.
“As modern biological Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience have advanced, this requires a state-of-the-art building for the requisite novel research, education and clinical service provided by the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences,” Dr. Rosenberg said. “Therefore, we are humbled by the School of Medicine and university's confidence in funding and supporting our move to a state-of-the-art building. The new medical building is a distinctive, modern, attractive facility that will allow the department enhanced communication with more of the department in a single location. I deeply appreciate Dean Parisi and (School of Medicine Chief Financial Officer) Ken Lee's confidence in the department and we will work very hard to prove worthy of this confidence.”
In addition to providing an “ideal setting” in which to treat patients, Dr. Rosenberg said, having department faculty, staff and trainees at the single new location fosters improved communication and affords greater opportunity for research collaboration.