PrairieCare Intensive Outpatient Programming

Nature and Light-filled Space for Outpatient Care

PrairieCare’s new Rochester facility provides Intensive Outpatient Programming to children, adolescents, and adults struggling with mental illness within an uplifting, light-filled environment. This model divides patients’ time between public school education and individual or group therapy.

Most treatment occurs within four “pod” units, which consist of therapist offices, classrooms, group rooms, and activity spaces organized around a central milieu space. Additional multi-purpose space encourages children to expend excess energy, with community functions held during non-business hours.

Connection to nature is reinforced through abundant glass, which minimizes the barrier between interior and exterior space. Finishes feature warm, natural materials and color palettes inspired by natural elements. Patients are encouraged to explore secure, semi-private outdoor spaces that integrate nature into the healing process.


Rochester, MN

Building Type

Outpatient Facility, Treatment Facility


37,000 SF

  • 2020 Minnesota Physician's Honor Roll Award

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