MHCD l Dahlia Campus for Health & Well-Being

  • $11M
    45,000 SF
  • 4-acre urban site
    6,000 SF Greenhouse
    800 SF Farm Stand
    1-acre Urban Farm
  • 2015

The Mental Health Center of Denver operates under the notion that strong communities are built on a foundation of mental and physical well-being. By strengthening the individual, family and neighborhood support, community and children flourish. The Dahlia Campus for Health and Well-Being focuses on improving overall well-being through healthy, fun and educational services that allow children and adults to develop new skills, build on their strengths and gain self-sufficiency. The Center provides a robust lineup of programs to support MHCD’s mission: preschool and day treatment classrooms, counseling spaces devoted to infants and care givers mental health services, a children’s dentistry suite, deaf and hard of hearing services, parenting classes, a teaching kitchen to support cooking & nutrition classes, multipurpose space for physical education, and a community/training room.

The site provides outdoor play spaces, horticultural therapy gardens and a one-acre farm to introduce healthy foods to this urban food desert. Storm water infrastructure takes the form of a curvilinear landscape feature running along the length of the building and terminating in a planted water quality pond configured with observation platforms. A figural entry porch and plaza establish a welcoming gesture for the community center, inviting neighbors to gather and engage in activities that will help them feel good and live well. A bright, vibrant and open place with rich indoor and outdoor spaces, the Dahlia Campus characteristically aligns with MHCD’s mission of forging resilience, hope and optimism.

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3198 Speer Boulevard
Denver Colorado 80211

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About AMD

We are a 50-person architectural firm located in Denver, Colorado. For over 40 years we have provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. We have twice been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award “a distinguished body of work” and numerous local, regional and national design awards.

We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.

Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site’s unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.

AMD Staff
  • Paul S. Haack, AIA
  • Andrew G. Nielsen, FAIA
  • David C. Pfeifer, AIA
  • Joey Carrasquillo, AIA
  • John D. Graham, AIA
  • Ronald L. Mason, FAIA
  • John D. Anderson, FAIA
  • Curt F. Dale, FAIA
  • Cathy Bellem, AIA
  • Ben Blanchard, AIA
  • John Everin, AIA
  • Erin Hillhouse, AIA
  • David E. Houston, AIA
  • Suzanne Dupée Minear, AIA
  • Kristin O’Connell, Assoc AIA
  • Cynthia Ottenbrite, AIA
  • James R. Taylor, AIA
  • Dan Bishop, AIA
  • Stephan Hall, AIA
  • Peter Koehler, AIA
  • Ryan Lutz, AIA
  • Jenna Michieli, AIA
  • Michael Stesney, AIA
  • Todd Swarts, AIA
  • Kristina Winn, AIA
  • Julie Zurakowski, AIA