Construction is nearly complete on the new space for the Mclean Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Program at the ground floor of the deMarneffe Building on McLean's main campus. The ECT is being relocated from their existing space at the Admissions Building to this new location in order to make room for a future addition to the Admissions Building. In ht e process, the ECT is nearly doubling their program from 1 treatment room with 4 recovery beds to 2 treatment rooms and 7 recovery beds. In addition to the ECT program, two Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) treatment rooms are being accomodate in the plan.
Challenges were faced in fitting the program into an existing utilitarian space. The ground floor houses the main electrical room, mechanical room and loading dock for the deMarneffe Building. An existing kitchen and cafeteria on the first floor above the ECT space needed to maintain operations throughout the entire construction process, including access to an existing freight elevator. The final product, however, belies the spaces humble beginnings and provides a comforting environment for patients receiving the treatment.