Campus Master Plan
Campus master planning for the 283,000 square foot, multi-level high school building and 50-acre site focused on updating and right-sizing spaces to better support enrollment, curriculum, and athletic programs. The final plan envisions $34 million of campus-wide updates to be incorporated in multiple phases of construction.
Client Involvement in the Campus Master Planning Process
Master planning began with a series of visioning sessions with the steering team and teachers/athletics staff. To refine program goals based on current best practices, these sessions included a collaborative presentation and discussion of educational facility trends and review of the local educational market. Design concepts were then presented at two design charrettes. The steering team was integral to this collaborative review process, providing regular input and guidance for program direction and plan refinements. The final master plan concepts were consolidated into a comprehensive report and formally presented to the board of directors. The report provided the framework for long-range campus master planning initiatives, as well as documentation of Phase 1 priorities, design concepts and cost estimates.
Defining Program Goals for Future Viability
The steering committee established a baseline for enrollment, educational curriculum and athletic program goals moving forward into the future. The committee reviewed overarching goals for how to deliver education and holistic student well-being. The discussions tied into teaching philosophies, opportunities for future ready learning programs and implementing tools to meet the needs of the whole student, not just at the educational level. A concurrent assessment of the existing buildings identified infrastructure needs to be addressed in conjunction with facility updates to improve accessibility, define operational issues and achieve program goals.
A Campus Master Plan Framework for Multi-Phased Updates
The final master plan is organized into smaller, attainable projects and program changes culminating in a comprehensive set of defined updates. The steering committee established immediate needs and long- range goals through the charrette process which helped to establish the overall educational speciﬁcations. Requirements were set for each department and approach to the overall facility and campus. The campus master plan solution establishes campus ministry, engineering/robotics, IT/AV, Large Group / Small Group, maker space and arts neighborhoods to reinforce those educational priorities. A building addition will pave for the way for a new Retreat Center and the learning commons will be reconfigured into an adaptable social hub for a variety of learning styles and gathering opportunities. Other improvements, such as a new elevator and entry experience, address current accessibility, wayfinding and security issues. An expansion to the gymnasium/arts building will allow for a new cardio and weightlifting suite. Site improvements include a fitness trail, tennis courts, stadium turf field and archery range.
Renovations and additions to the existing CCRC campus were needed to provide new skilled care, assisted living and rehabilitation small houses, an increased number of independent living units, a new wellness center, and appropriately sized support services. The master plan lays out a multi-phase plan to add new independent living hybrid homes and small houses for skilled care, short-term rehab and assisted living. Cosmetic upgrades to the older buildings will be undertaken initially to improve the quality of life for existing residents until later phases of replacement housing are implemented.
This project involved the expansion and partial renovation of the CCRC campus within its current boundaries. The expansion of the independent living apartments and a wellness center, new assisted living specifically for memory care, and converting the current memory care into assisted living were all specifically requested. The final master plan detailed multi-phased clubhouse dining expansion and update, and skilled care improvements including a dedicated short-term rehab neighborhood addition.
Master planning for Phase II expansion and the ultimate built-out of the 87 acre site for this CCRC focused on three major additions: 20 skilled care and 6 assisted living rooms, 24 apartments and a multi-purpose room. The final solution envisioned skilled care households with the existing skilled care converted to assisted living. The master plan also envisions a combination of patio homes and higher density hybrid homes for future campus development.Master planning for Phase II expansion and the ultimate built-out of the 87 acre site for this CCRC focused on three major additions: 20 skilled care and 6 assisted living rooms, 24 apartments and a multi-purpose room. The final solution envisioned skilled care households with the existing skilled care converted to assisted living. The master plan also envisions a combination of patio homes and higher density hybrid homes for future campus development.Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase
Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase
Master planning for Presbyterian Homes involved evaluation of services and existing infrastructure at several campuses located in and around Chicago. The Moorings at Arlington Heights is the first campus for implementation. Strategic planning for this campus focused on rightsizing the property by optimizing the ratios between the levels of care and product offerings. The result is a new assisted living residence, an assisted living memory care residence and a new chapel and commons spaces. Plans for future phases encompass additional apartments and duplex cottages.Master planning for Presbyterian Homes involved evaluation of services and existing infrastructure at several campuses located in and around Chicago. The Moorings at Arlington Heights is the first campus for implementation. Strategic planning for this campus focused on rightsizing the property by optimizing the ratios between the levels of care and product offerings. The result is a new assisted living residence, an assisted living memory care residence and a new chapel and commons spaces. Plans for future phases encompass additional apartments and duplex cottages.
Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase
Campus planning for five CCRCs in Indiana and one in Ohio provided a forum for review of the existing properties and infrastructure and development of individual master plans that align with Greencroft’s long-term strategic vision. The design solutions for the six communities, ranging from 38 to 1,150 residents, encompass skilled care, assisted living, memory care, independent living options, commons spaces, and unique opportunities such as a seniors’ outdoor adventure camp, senior oriented RV park and a maple-syrup production facility. We developed a new carriage-home style of hybrid home which provides an affordable option for a ground floor parking garage.
The Langford at College Station is a successful model for serving a secondary market that at its current size could not sustain a typical life-plan community, but is strong enough for a smaller scale community to thrive.
Recognizing market size, a nearby sister community and the challenges of a greenfield development in today’s marketplace, MRC opted for a first phase smaller CCRC / Life Plan Community enhanced with existing resources in the surrounding community. Partnerships with a local country club, the church next door and MRC’s Bryan community supplement on-site services allowing for less initial financial commitment. Phase 1 includes hybrid homes in the form of condo-style flats with under building parking and interior corridor links to the clubhouse. The clubhouse also connects to assisted living suites and a memory care household. Skilled nursing care and short-term rehabilitation will be provided through a partnership with the sister community.
Hybrid Homes 2.0: Corridor Links to Clubhouse
Developing the community around condo-style hybrid flats allowed for connections between the homes and the clubhouse. The hybrid homes, like the rest of the community, are a smaller scale model than traditional apartment buildings. These residences provide many of the benefits typically found in cottage homes such as covered parking, multiple exposures and private outdoor space, but like many apartment buildings are connected back to the clubhouse for easy and comfortable access to community amenities.
The design of the hybrid homes provides an intimate setting for neighbors to get to know each other since each building has its own “gathering room” for parties, card games, etc. Each residential floor is comprised of six condo-style flats, which eliminates long hallways, increases resident privacy and provides a small scale setting that fosters interaction and a sense of community.
Learn More About Hybrid Homes
Awards: Featured in Environments for Aging Design Showcase
Photo Credits: Nathan Cox Photography and Alise O’Brien Photography
The master plan expands the 1960s-era community through a series of new and repositioned structures. The entrance road will be adjusted for a more direct path to the new campus front door leading into a new lobby, bistro, marketing suite and multipurpose room. Campus additions include an apartment building, duplex and over/under four-plex cottage neighborhood and townhomes creating a pocket neighborhood and courtyard. Renovations will create an additional dining venue, fitness center, spa and multi-purpose spaces. Assisted living will be expanded to include memory support residences and skilled nursing renovations will create separate neighborhoods.
This community is comprised of several distinct and separate buildings that have, to various degrees, outlived their marketability. The master plan addressed these issues in a multi-phased, financially sensitive manner. The first phase of the plan includes replacement skilled nursing, new apartment building over parking, incremental unit renovations, conversion of an existing floor into dedicated memory care and creating a new grand entry. Later phases include a new community center, additional apartment buildings and site improvements.