We have officially broken ground on our new central campus in Fort Dodge! Our new location, which will be located at 211 Ave M West, will offer increased space, accessibility, and security for CFR clients and staff. This new central campus will consolidate all of CFR’s Fort Dodge locations under one roof, allowing CFR to improve operational efficiency and resource sharing.
Why We Are Building
In 2017 alone, CFR served 3,000 clients across Central Iowa. As we have seen the need for our residential and outpatient facilities continue to increase over the last several years, CFR Board of Directors decided it was necessary to assess our services and our facilities.
We identified that our most pressing needs were:
CAPACITY: CFR may receive 15 to 20 referrals per day for Adult Residential Treatment, but is forced to turn many away due to limited bed availability. This lack of capacity leads us to not being able to treat someone who is in serious need of physical and psychological care.
SAFETY: Due to the structure of our outdated facilities, we are unable to install a central security system or effectively monitor all of our entrances. In the past, we have had issues between clients or problems with people entering and exiting the building.
ACCESSIBILITY: Steps and elevation changes in our current facilities may serve as a barrier to many seeking our services. It can be difficult for clients with limited mobility to participate in our services.
To address these challenges, CFR created a plan to build a new facility. We purchased land on Ave M West to build our new facility. CFR engaged architectural firm, ASK Studios, out of Des Moines and Woodruff Construction of Fort Dodge to design a building to meet the needs of the organization and its clients.
The Impact of This New Facility
INCREASED CAPACITY: The bed count will increase by 17 beds. That means we will be able to accept 17 more clients each month and be able to treat over 200 more clients every year.
IMPROVED SAFTEY: The new building’s modern technology will provide a safer and more secure environment for those in our care. Our new facility will accommodate up-to-date medical equipment and building features to meet the needs of clients and staff, and keep them out of harm’s way. The safety features include: optimized client visibility on all units, door handles that cannot be used as an anchor point, and breakaway bathroom fixtures. In our new space, we expect to observe a decrease in safety and security related issues.
INCREASED ACCESSIBLITY: The new central campus will be fully accessible. We expect to observe an increase of people we serve that have limited mobility.
INCREASED EFFICIENCY: By locating all Fort Dodge staff in one building we will increase efficiency, transparency and reduce costs that are duplicated due to the need for specific equipment in each building. Funds currently being spent inefficiently will be redirected to improve overall client care.