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Rosecrance Griffin Williamson Campus, Rockford, Illinois

July 1, 2006
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The Rosecrance Griffin Williamson adolescent substance abuse treatment campus opened in 2004 to replace an old campus that was inadequate to meet the expanding program's needs. Fifty acres of woods and farmland were purchased in Rockford, Illinois, for the $14 million, 67,000-sq.-ft. treatment center.

Designed by Larson & Darby, Inc., this inpatient treatment center needed to provide adequate space for a full continuum of addiction treatment services for adolescents and their families. It was also important for this facility to be a warm, inviting place for young people. Additionally, the leadership wanted a design that incorporated a healing environment both inside and outside.

The building is situated to take full advantage of 18 acres of woods. Shaped like a capital E, the 78-bed treatment center has three wings, separated by courtyards. The exterior, finished in stone and wood, has a lodge-like appearance. Interior features include a school, gymnasium and fitness center, nondenominational chapel, private family waiting area and family visiting lounges, medical suite, and other support spaces.

Photography by Michelle Francis

Patients enjoy privacy in an environment that is open, light, and airy, yet safe and comforting. Ground face block wall offers durability and warmth. A stone fireplace, cathedral wood-beam ceilings, carpeting, practical but comfortable furnishings, art, and warm colors are used throughout to create an ambience that nourishes ongoing recovery.

Large windows overlook the Rosecrance Serenity Garden, a healing garden designed by world-renowned Japanese landscape architect Hoichi Kurisu. (Kurisu also designed nearby Anderson Gardens, named the number-one Japanese garden in North America by the Journal of Japanese Gardening in 2004.) These windows enable the viewer to experience the beauty of nature and the serenity of the campus grounds while inside. Outdoor dining patios and a 1½-mile walking path invite families to become immersed in their peaceful surroundings.

The Rosecrance Serenity Garden, with the bordering woods, seating areas, bridges, natural stone waterfalls, and ponds teeming with koi, offers a mix of elements that are restorative, rehabilitative, meditative, and spiritual. The garden is an integral part of the treatment program.

This year Rosecrance, located northwest of Chicago, celebrates 90 years of caring and will offer help, hope, and recovery at the new campus to nearly 1,000 adolescents and their families.