Wellbridge Addiction Research, Education + Rehabilitation Center

In 2014, BBS was retained by Long Island developer Engel Burman Group to design a campus on a former industrial site in the Hamlet of Calverton, Town of Riverhead. The new research campus, designed as multiple separate structures interconnected within a landscaped setting, will be the first addiction research, education and rehabilitation facility of its kind on the East End of Long Island.

The new campus will consist of eighty (80) inpatient beds and all clinical and administrative support space necessary in the provision of specialized addiction treatment and rehabilitation services. The total building gross floor area is over 130,000 square feet in six buildings spread across a flat, wooded site. The project program encompasses a diversity of complementary functions providing world-class, on-site medical services and a separate 6,000 square foot research pavilion that will study patients while in their Daily Rehabilitative Routine to find new interventions to help those who suffer from Substance Use Disorder. The Center will also contain a Detox Center featuring (20) beds in segregated, private treatment rooms; an In-patient Rehab Area with (40) beds; and an Intensive Residential Area with (20) beds available.

Other program areas include food service preparation and dining facilities as well as a Spa/Fitness/Gym facility. Support facilities include Main Entry & Reception Center, Bookstore, Chapel, Main Campus Center, Administrative offices, Family Center Auditorium (for addiction conferences and meetings of up to 300 persons), and various management and maintenance facilities spread across the campus. The building architecture is reminiscent of the Hamptons “shingle-style” architecture which lends itself to more “smaller-scale” structures.

The campus plan is representative of sound landscape planning principles and was developed in conjunction with the overall development plan for the industrial site. As designed, the site plan lends itself to phased construction of the Center, individual building definition by use and architectural articulation, ease of construction and an overall design “texture” that emulates the best usability of the site for development and the user.