In 2016, 115 Americans died each day from opioid overdose, and the Midwest experienced a 70% increase over 16 months in 2016-2017. This alarming crisis led to the creation of a groundbreaking non-profit initiative known as OneFifteen.
The initiative’s mission is to reverse the epidemic’s course on a national scale by creating a new, repeatable model for a drug recovery ecosystem that helps those affected return to a productive role in society. Dayton, OH is an epicenter in the opioid crisis, so the abandoned Thaler Machine Shop in downtown Dayton was selected for adaptive reuse as the first project to be completed on the 4-acre campus.
The Outpatient Clinic, known as “The Nest” provides an environment where residents develop the strength to leave on their own but can return without judgement if they need future healing. The design is organized into four parts known as the “intersection of hope”. An open flow with transparency at all ends symbolizes there are no barriers on the path of recovery. Cumaru hardwood is prominently used on the exterior and interior for its warmth and natural resistance to harsh environments, reflecting the resilience of the patients. A floating ceiling along the linear corridors tie spaces together with curved and flowing elements, reflecting the idea that the path of recovery is a direction but not a straight line.
The second phase is the Residential Treatment Center, “The Treehouse”. This provides the next level of care as residents venture towards their entry back into society. This center was designed to provide a safe living environment, not a total treatment environment. Connections between interior and exterior spaces enhance access to nature and light, promoting healing. Carefully integrated social spaces encourage the residents’ entry back into society. Use of natural materials on both the exterior and interior reinforce the access to nature, comfort, and sense of security.