DENVER — Construction of Colorado’s newest, state-of-the-art Eating Recovery Center in Denver reached its highest point last week. Located at 8199 East 1st Avenue, the facility is directly adjacent to six other locations and a half-mile from another in Denver’s Lowry district.
Nationwide, more than 30 million people suffer from eating disorders such as anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa or binge eating disorder. This is a conservative number given that most sufferers never come forward to be diagnosed. Of the most common eating disorders, anorexia nervosa has the highest mortality rate of any mental illness. With statistics like that, it’s no wonder there is a need for an eighth Eating Recovery Center within a one-mile radius in Denver.
The nearly $30 million project by is being built by Brinkman Construction and includes a 65,000-square-foot, three-story medical building for inpatient treatment for patients of all ages. The facility will offer 70 overnight beds, commercial kitchens, offices, a spa and 55,000 square feet of underground parking for patients and visitors.
Westside Investment Partners, Inc., based out of Glendale, is the developer on the project. Boulder Associates designed the interior of facility and Farnsworth Group designed the core/shell and all medical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering.
Eating Recovery Center treats patients on a continuum of care ranging from outpatient and residential to intensive outpatient with innovative therapies that fuse traditional and cutting-edge techniques. In addition to traditional approaches like movement and art therapy, they offer tools like armband sensors that provide essential data to the treatment team for close monitoring of health, biofeedback finger probes which display heart rate and body temperature and “flexibility training.” This method helps patients break destructive patterns through the creation of new brain neurons by forcing them out of their everyday routines.
At the Topping Out Ceremony, Eating Recovery Center’s CEO Dr. Kenneth Weiner noted that 75-80 percent of their patients come from outside Colorado and even outside the United States, marking this state-of-the-art treatment facility as one of the best in the world for helping those suffering from eating disorders.
Eating Recovery Center Topping Out photo courtesy of Brinkman Construction
Eating Recovery Center rendering courtesy of Farnsworth Group