PHOTO TOUR: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Paul Crosby Photography
The brick volume of the new building, which houses the residential treatment program and the link back to the mansion, slides under the metal entry canopy and provides visual connection with the historic mansion beyond.
Corey Gaffer Photography
The open, welcoming entry foyer includes an oculus and floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in daylight and provide views to the outdoors. The limestone fireplaces, wood reception desks, comfortable furnishings and colored glass accents not only tie the addition to the mansion, but also bring a homelike atmosphere into the facility.
Paul Crosby Photography
HGA angled the building in order to fully embrace the river bluff top site and views. On all sides of the addition, a brick plinth anchors the building into its ever-sloping topography.
Corey Gaffer Photography
The staircase in the foyer, leading to the upper-level services, has views through colored glass (echoing the mansion’s stained-glass windows) overlooking the Mississippi River to the bluffs beyond. Dark wood paneling and infill wood panel screens recall the mansion’s finishes and bring warmth into the space.
Steve Henke/Henke Studios
The group/lecture room offers stunning views of the Mississippi River corridor. Electronic shades drop down to darken the room during media presentations. A small slice of blue glass echoes the mansion’s stained-glass windows.
In April 2016, HGA Architects and Engineers completed a 55,000-square-foot addition on a remediated site adjacent to the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation addiction treatment center in St. Paul, Minn. The facility offers treatment and lodging, outpatient mental health and addiction care, and community AA meetings.
Overlooking the Mississippi River, a red-brick mansion with a mansard roof, built in the 1880s, had long served as the Fellowship Club for the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation. To accommodate a growing outpatient population seeking treatment for substance use disorders, the mansion has been added on to throughout the years.
The latest addition doubles the number of people the facility serves by including 55 beds in the low-slung brick volume as well as outpatient treatment and offices in the upper level, clad in metal panels to echo the mansion’s mansard roof, and stepped back to reduce the addition’s massing on the site. The main entry has an oculus-like skylight that reflects the mansion’s turret. The foyer opens into a light-filled lobby with a stone fireplace, wood reception and admission desks, coffee bar and staircase.
HGA also incorporated panels of colored glass into windows throughout the addition, a nod to the mansion’s stained-glass windows. Patterns in the mansion’s stained glass and ornate wood banisters were abstracted and incorporated into the addition’s open staircase and wood privacy screens. The architects angled the addition with a 15-degree turn on the site to take advantage of a bluff and views, while creating a visual link back to the mansion. A glass-and-brick-clad walkway connects the addition to the mansion, where there’s a newly renovated mental health clinic.
To promote healing and a sense of wellbeing throughout the addition, large windows, including a full-glass wall in the group/lecture room, bring in abundant daylight and views of the gardens, Twelve Step path, labyrinth and river outside. Cherry and walnut (woods also used in the mansion) introduce warmth, as does the limestone (similar to that of the river bluffs) used for the fireplace.
The mansion was originally constructed by a St. Paul beer baron, and HGA’s addition was carefully sited next door over caves in the bluffs once used by bootleggers. Before construction, the caves were filled in for safety reasons, and the site, previously owned by a roofing company, was remediated for pollutants.
Project Source List
Completion date: April 2016
Owner: Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation
Total building area: 55,000 square feet
Architecture: HGA Architects and Engineers
Interior design: HGA Architects and Engineers
Engineering: Horwitz Mechanical (mechanical/plumbing design/build); Parsons (electrical design/build
Construction: Knutson Construction
Art/pictures: Hazelden Betty Ford
Carpet/flooring: Interface Carpet, Crossville, Back Bay, DalTile, Mannington, Johnsonite
Ceiling/wall systems: USG, Accent, Whisper Walls
Doors/locks/hardware: Marshfield, Rockwood, Schlage, McKinney, Ives
Fabric/textiles: Maharam, Carnegie
Furniture—seating/casegoods: Acadia, Carolina, Cartwright, First Office, Hon, Izzy, KI, Krug, SitOnIt, Special K, Steelcase, Wieland
Handrails/wall guards: Acrovyn
Lighting: HGA and Parsons
Surfaces—solid/other: Vetter Stone Co., Mincey Marble, Samsung, Silestone, Corian, Hi-Macs, Hanex
Wallcoverings: Koroseal, Novawall
Window Treatments: SWF Contract, Draper
Wood Paneling: Light Wave Laser Company
Landscape Architect: Aune Fernandez Landscape Architects