Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services Center

Project overview

Vanir provided construction management services for the renovation of Merced County Hospital, which had been vacant for several years. The goal of the project was to transform a sterile hospital environment into a bright, warm and welcoming place to serve those suffering from mental health issues. The new Merced County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services (BHRS) Center is a collaboration among six counties: Calaveras, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus and Tuolumne.

The project involved interior demolition to a majority of an existing three-story building. New construction was performed for the interior of the facility and envelope improvements were made to the exterior. The project included site work improvements as well.

The BHRS Center provides an array of behavioral health and supportive services to adults suffering from a serious mental illness. The facility has a 16-bed crisis residential unit that can house adults experiencing a deterioration of mental health who need to be stabilized instead of hospitalized. The building also includes a wellness center and conference center.

Merced, California
County of Merced

Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners, Inc.


Harris Construction Company, Inc.

Square Footage
93,375 SF
Construction Cost
$24 Million
Start Date
Completion Date