Betty Ford Tribeca Twelve Residence

Betty Ford Tribeca Twelve Residence

Tribeca Twelve is Betty Ford’s (formerly The Hazelden Foundation) five story residential rehabilitation center for college-age students that sets a new standard of excellence in substance-free housing for students in recovery.

Partner John Field, AIA worked closely with Minnesota based Hazelden, one of the nation’s most renowned substance abuse treatment providers, who was looking for a property that would offer its young occupants a comfortable, residential environment. Our involvement began with extensive site research, ending in the selection of a landmarked 1910 loft building at 283 West Broadway.

The Tribeca Twelve residence provides a supportive independent living environment for up to thirty young adults who left college to obtain drug and alcohol treatment.  Programmed spaces are seamlessly integrated into the residential ambiance, easing the treatment process and reducing residents’ anxiety: “When you walk in [to Tribeca Twelve] it doesn’t jump out at you as a treatment area; it looks like a living room,” a Hazelden representative noted.

The building has a storefront outpatient clinic, with group meeting rooms and private consultation offices. Exposed brick walls and ceilings, an open steel stair all combine to provide a non-institutional, comforting layout and finish palette for the clinic, which can be used by the residents as well as outpatient treatment patients.

Residential units are designed as typical downtown apartments, with high ceilings, big windows and contemporary décor. Bray and Field worked together to develop gender-specific palettes to further personalize the loft apartments. Each of the six apartments accommodates 6 students in two shared bedrooms, with private study areas, modern kitchens and comfortable living areas, all sized for the group’s comfort.  A roof terrace offers outdoor space for all residents.