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CHOICES Behavioral Health Services, a WRD Environmental project

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CHOICES Behavioral Health Services, Ottawa, IL

Client Profile

CHOICES Behavioral Health Services is among the many ways Ottawa Regional Hospital and Healthcare Center serves its community. CHOICES provides inpatient and outpatient behavioral health care to support individuals in their recovery. Serena Sturm Architects, the lead on this project, has been committed to sustainability since its founding in 1983.


  • Develop a sustainable campus to support the new CHOICES facility, which is on track to be LEED-certified
  • Provide open space and interaction opportunities for patients

Sample Results

  • Created a New AGE (Active Green Environment) outdoor space, integrating therapeutic recreational space with an attractive greenscape
  • Enabled recovery programming to expand to the outdoors
  • Eliminated the site's stormwater runoff through best management practices such as native plantings, rain gardens and bioswales
  • Supported and furthered the client’s commitment to sustainability

Learn more about Ottawa Regional Hospital and Healthcare Center, CHOICES Behavioral Health Services and Serena Sturm Architects.

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Part of the sustainable landscape at the facility, which is on track to be LEED certified