Construction begins on ECH Youth Development Center in Missouri


Every Child’s Hope (ECH) William N Dill’s new Youth Development Center has officially started construction in St. Louis, Missouri, courtesy of KAI Design, who acts as architect, and KAI Build, who provides construction services. The new state-of-the-art facility will be 18,000 square feet in size, with a design that incorporates a new model of care where families can get all the therapy and services they need in one place. ECH’s current 70-year-old residential facilities are inefficient and outdated when it comes to meeting the needs of adolescents and families, as well as the services offered by ECH.

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The facility is expected to open in 2022. The new facility, to be built at the ECH site in St. Louis off St. Charles Rock Road, will accommodate up to 30 adolescents for short-term residential treatment. while providing a new access point on ECH’s campus for hundreds of young people and families. There are 30 private bedrooms, family visiting spaces, and a safe and secure outdoor courtyard in the design. The design of the facility, which is based on best practices and building design research, also focuses on reducing stress and anxiety, increasing treatment outcomes and creating a therapeutic atmosphere for people receiving and providing care.

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“Six years ago, we began to review the performance of our residential treatment program and made it our mission to find the best treatment approach to help children and families heal from severe trauma. ” “I have no doubts that when this building is completed, it will be the best institution in the state of Missouri, if not the country, to help traumatized children and families,” said Michael Brennan, CEO of ECH.

“Through close collaboration with the Board of Directors and staff of ECH, we have realized that family involvement in this type of institution is essential to a young person’s recovery process,” said Michael. Kennedy, Jr., CEO of KAI Enterprises.

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