Walter P. Reuther Psychiatric Hospital

Shower Rooms Upgrade and New Doors
525 West Ottawa Street, Lansing, Michigan

CHMP was retained in 2013 to assist the State Michigan in addressing a number of citations issued by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAH)) and to upgrade aging bathrooms at the Walter P. Reuther Hospital in Westland, Michigan. Improvements included complete renovations to each of the patient shower rooms (2 per floor / 6 floors total) with new porcelain tile floor and wall finishes; replacement of bathtubs with showers; new plumbing fixtures, ceiling finishes, new privacy curtains. All new work needed the design to minimize the threat of suicide including incorporating anti-ligature fixtures and hardware. In order to allow continued occupancy of the facility and minimize disruptions, the project was phased to complete shower upgrades one floor at a time.

The improvements related to the JCAHO citations included development of an as-built/life safety plan for the hospital; safety rails in the mechanical shafts; upgraded means of egress lighting; egress sidewalks; proper labeling of fire doors and other safety improvements.