Downes Construction Celebrates Grand Opening of New Autism Unit

New Britain, CT: On Thursday, October 1, 2020, Downes Construction Company, along with the Hospital for Special Care (HFSC), City of New Britain officials, and members of the community celebrated the grand opening the new $13M Inpatient and Partial Hospital Facility at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain, CT. The new state-of-the-art facility is only 1 of 11 in the country and will provide superior service to families and children with Autism. The 12-bed inpatient unit will provide single-patient rooms, in a care environment designed by HFSC’s clinical staff to meet children’s needs, and maximize opportunities for parent education and training – a key component to success in the community. The new Partial Hospital Program will offer the first step-up and step-down level of care – an entirely new option in care to help bridge difficult transitions, divert inpatient stays and maximize continuity in care. In addition to meeting urgent community need for access to autism care, this project has been a regional economic driver throughout the pandemic and creates new employment opportunities.

Downes Construction Company served as the Construction Manager at Risk on the new 18,000 sf Inpatient and Partial Hospital Facility. Despite the challenges of the pandemic, the Downes team delivered this project weeks ahead of schedule and under budget.


Pictured: (l to r) – Jennifer Farley, Vice President, Quality, Patient Safety Officer, Hospital for Special Care; Dr. Sabbooh Mubbashar, medical director, autism inpatient unit; Denise Anderson, Vice President, Chief Nursing Officer, Hospital for Special Care; Lynn Ricci, President and CEO, Hospital for Special Care; Dr. Hassan Minhas, medical director of outpatient services at the autism center; Jeff Lawton, Vice President, Facilities and Hospitality Services, Hospital for Special Care; Wendy D'Angelo, Vice President, Development and Communications, Hospital for Special Care