Bridgewater Retirement Community

Bridgewater, VA

Additions and renovations to the skilled nursing center updated resident rooms and created open and varied living spaces. The additions at each end of the existing building facilitated a carefully phased sequence of improvements to allow the owner to maintain census throughout the process. Due to the size constraints of the current building, those resident rooms were converted to private accommodations and the addition was sized to allow for privacy measures in companion suites and semi-private rooms. The resulting households each have a distinctive decorative style selected by the residents living there and staff working in that household. The entry lobby features a self-service café for residents, staff and guests which also provides an additional venue for special events.


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Falcons Landing

Potomac Falls, VA

Community center updates encompassed health and fitness areas and casual dining venues. The introduction of a new café led to renovations to the adjacent clubroom. The newly appointed Compass Club offers made-to-order and grab-and-go items all day, as well as cocktails later in the day. The showpiece of the new Woodburn Café is the display kitchen featuring a wood-fired oven and grill. Other improvements include the introduction of a bakery with takeout service in the former café space, the addition of a business center for resident use, renovations to the lounge area and expansion of the rehabilitation department. On the opposite side of the community center, the renovated and expanded wellness center incorporates a well-appointed fitness gym and aerobics studio on the first floor and new health clinic, beauty salon and multi-purpose room on the second floor.

Awards: Design Environments for Aging Remodel – Renovation Competition Finalists


Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Givens Estates Creekside Hybrid Homes

Asheville, NC

This multi-phased hybrid homes™ project allowed Givens Estates to incrementally replace outdated villa housing with a new independent living model. Each household has 12 residences with a shared social space on the first floor. The four-story hybrid households take advantage of the sloped site to provide parking on the lower level while maintaining a three-story facade with an inviting front porch on the street side.

Awards: Citation, Exhibition and Publication in AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review

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Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography; Third image courtesy of Landmark Builders

Bishop Gadsden, The Quay Hybrid Homes

Charleston, SC

This new independent living model reflects the community standards for gracious southern living while making the best use of 12 acres of acquired property. The Quay is a distinctive collection of 45 hybrid home™ flats with open floor plans ranging from 1,773 to 2,150 square feet. The three buildings are constructed around a lake, with walkways, a pavilion, pedestrian bridge, and extensive natural landscaping. Parking is provided on the ground floor. Five flats on each upper floor are arranged around a gallery space.

Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase

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Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography

Rose Villa

Portland, OR

Master planning resulted in multi-phased campus updates and replacement housing. Phase 1 encompassed 76 “pocket neighborhood” cottages and loft-style apartments over new town center spaces. Main Street amenities, many of which are open to the surrounding community, include a bistro, coffee shop, garden center, art studio, wellness center and auditorium. New assisted living, replacement healthcare, children’s daycare, and additional pocket neighborhoods are anticipated for later phases.

Addressing the Steep Site with Appealing Pocket Neighborhoods

This senior living community, originally opened in 1960, was known for its lush landscaping and relaxed garden lifestyle. Its existing linear, one-story garden apartments had become dated and the steep 22-acre hillside site was challenging for older adults to navigate.  The gradual replacement of all 263 residences began with the first phase of pocket neighborhoods.

These cottage-style active adult residences are organized around gardens stepping down the hillside.  Each pocket neighborhood is comprised of seven homes overlooking an intimate courtyard.  The result creates smaller, pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods  which capitalize on garden connections and outdoor views.  The “over-under” cottages in each pocket neighborhood maximize site utilization while providing compact floor plans that are sized to be affordable, yet maintain open and livable spaces with appealing views in multiple directions.

Connecting with the Surrounding Community Through New Main Street Amenities

The pocket neighborhoods transition up to a new Main Street and Town Center with amenity spaces at street level and loft apartment living on the upper levels.  The loft apartments provide a residential option for consumers who prefer “downtown” living with interior connection to common spaces.  Situated at the highest point of the site overlooking the Willamette River, Main Street provides a unique and appealing first impression of the campus, as well as reinforcing a sense of place within the larger community.

To provide a true downtown ambience, the street level amenities, such as the bistro and garden center, are directly accessible from both the street and internal corridors.  A wine bar is envisioned for the rooftop garden overlooking Main Street and providing views to the river.  With the completion of the first phase of updates, Rose Villa provides an appealing, accessible garden setting, as the community was originally conceived.

Awards: Award of Merit, AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review, | Honorable Mention – Independent Living; Senior Housing News Design Awards | Merit Award in the Environments for Aging Design Showcase

Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography, Steve Wanke Photography

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Brandermill Woods

Midlothian, VA

The short-term rehabilitation neighborhood, open to both resident and non-residents of Brandermill Woods, is comprised of 22 private rooms with bay windows and private bathrooms. In addition to 24-hour licensed nursing care, the center features restaurant-style dining, a bathing spa, private parlor areas and open living spaces flooded with natural daylight. The existing Health Care Center will also undergo renovations to convert semi-private rooms into private and shared private rooms, as well as redesigning common spaces to exhibit a more home-like environment and support patient centered care.


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Kendal at Granviꞁle

Granville, OH

The expansion for this CCRC/Life Plan Community involved a 32-bed skilled nursing addition, 7 new assisted living residences, 24 new apartments and a new multi-purpose space and support areas including a cafe. Additions and renovations resulted in three new 11-bed skilled care households with the existing skilled care converted to six assisted living units. The new apartment wing includes parking underneath. The addition maintain the simplicity of the existing campus aesthetic with straightforward solutions reflecting Quaker values.

Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Cypress Cove

Ft. Meyers, FL

This 50-acre CCRC/Life Plan Community is located on the 400-acre HealthPark Florida campus. Resident groups are clustered around the community center, which features an outdoor courtyard, a main dining room overlooking a lake, wellness center, multi-purpose room and other amenities. Phase I included 212 apartments, 30 villas, 42 assisted living apartments, a 64-bed health center and a community center. Phase II included 105 apartments, a café and additional assisted living.

Awards: Published in the AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review.

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Covenant Crossing at Brethren Village

Lititz, PA

Master planning resulted in a multi-phased CCRC expansion, beginning with 135 new apartments, dining room expansion and a new coffee shop. Phase II projects included a new 120-unit skilled nursing center, conversion of existing skilled nursing to assisted living and a new welcome center. Skilled nursing is organized into six households and includes dedicated memory care and post-acute care neighborhoods. Two of the assisted living neighborhoods are also dedicated to memory care. The welcome center houses administrative offices and a multi-functional assembly hall.


Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography


Tulsa, OK

This upscale, French provincial style community is situated on a 50-acre hilltop site. It includes 250 independent living apartments, 17 villas, 22 assisted living apartments and a 60-bed health center with memory care. The community center incorporates numerous lifestyle choices, including three dining venues, a large pub and billiards room, wellness center, multi-purpose theatre, arts studio and other amenities.

Awards: Best of Seniors Housing Silver Award sponsored by the National Association of Home Builders 50+ Housing Council.


Photo Credit: Interiors: Sargent Architectural Photography; Exteriors: Lassiter & Shoemaker Photography