Projects

Williamsburg Landing – Small Houses & Adult Day Center

Williamsburg, VA

The new, paired small houses and adult day center provide secure and comfortable settings that accommodate newly implemented evidence and behavior-based therapy and support programs for people with dementia.  Much like a private home, access to each small house is through a secure entry foyer that leads into the living and dining areas.  The kitchen is tucked around the corner, staff areas are discreetly located and bedrooms are accessed from a separate corridor. 

All residents have private bedrooms, which they and their families furnish, as well as fully accessible bathrooms.  Each small house has its own great room living and dining area, complemented by smaller, quiet spaces as well as a gathering/activity room that is shared by the two houses. The open kitchen allows for final meal preparations and made-to-order options. The adult day center was conceived as a community outreach program and program participants can partake of many of the activities and programs offered to residents in the small houses. 

Photo Credit:  Nathan Cox Photography

Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home, United Church of Christ Homes

Carlisle, PA

The existing medical model, memory care neighborhood was renovated to create inviting, person-centered living spaces for nursing residents with dementia. This total transformation was accomplished within the constraints of the existing neighborhood through carefully phased, incremental renovations, allowing the provider to maintain occupancy throughout. The nursing station was relocated to a more central location for improved efficiency, but more importantly, to free up its former brightly-lit space at the end of the corridor for a new family room which leads into a secure courtyard. A serving kitchen and nourishment station were added to enable staff members to accommodate resident preferences.

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

The Village at Orchard Ridge, a National Lutheran Community

Winchester, VA

Phase one for this new CCRC included the first of four small houses envisioned by the master plan. The design pairs a 10-bed skilled care house and an 18-bed memory care house, each with its own distinct living, dining and core support services. The kitchen and service areas are positioned between the two for efficient service delivery without compromising the residential scale of the living spaces. Within the skilled nursing small house, the bedrooms are in a private wing separate from the generously-sized, open living room areas. Staff and support areas are located in the center of the plan for each house to maximize natural light and outdoor connections to the resident rooms and living areas.

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Samaritan Summit Village

Watertown, NY

This non-profit medical provider was awarded a Health Care Efficiency and Affordability Law for New Yorkers, or HEAL, NY grant to build a new 288-bed facility to provide nursing care and assisted living. The building layout for the 168-bed skilled nursing center allows visitors and staff to directly access any neighborhood without walking through other units. Resident social spaces, including living rooms, activity rooms, parlors and dining rooms, are connected and open to the corridor. Resident rooms are designed to accommodate dining and allow for social interactions with other residents, staff and visitors. The commons building includes a multi-purpose room, gift shop, cafe, meditation room, beauty salon, medical clinic and a physical therapy suite.

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

The Lutheran Community at Telford

Telford, PA

This replacement health care center includes a first floor 23-bed memory support unit, while the top three floors are each home to 25 skilled nursing residents. The new center creates an intimate grouping of rooms arranged in small neighborhoods. Meals are offered in small-scale dining rooms with country kitchens that include counter seating. Covered porches accommodate seasonal outdoor dining and activities. Semi-private rooms are separated by a full privacy wall and all resident rooms include a private bath with roll-in shower.

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Sarah A. Todd Memorial Home, United Church of Christ Homes

Carlisle, PA

The existing medical model neighborhood was renovated to create inviting living spaces for residents with dementia. The transformation was accomplished within the constraints of the existing neighborhood through carefully phased, incremental renovations allowing the provider to maintain occupancy throughout. The nursing station was relocated to a more central location behind the scenes for improved efficiency, but more importantly, to free up its former brightly-lit space at the end of the corridor for a family room which leads into a secure courtyard. A serving kitchen and nourishment station enable staff members to accommodate resident preferences and snack requests.

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

Arbor Acres

Winston-Salem, NC

This addition clusters 12 private rooms for residents with dementia around a central, naturally-lit atrium. Serving as the activity hub for the entire memory care household, the atrium is separated from the corridor by half-wall partitions to provide privacy for the surrounding rooms while encouraging resident observation and participation in daily activities. A new sunroom provides the option of a smaller scale common space. Oversized widow seats along the corridor leading into the addition provide another inviting, casual space for residents and family members to enjoy.

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

The Sylvestery at Vinson Hall

McLean, VA

This freestanding memory support residence is designed to reinforce the owner’s “Free to Be” program, promoting resident freedom and choice in a safe and pleasant environment. The 36 resident rooms are positioned around four internal gardens, each with a distinct character and function. Single-loaded corridors offer visual and physical access to the four uniquely designed courtyards while providing a bright, naturally-lit residence with no barriers to the outdoors.

Awards: AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review; Order of Excellence Award by Contemporary Long Term Care Magazine

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

The Village at Waveny Care Center

New Canaan, CT

This innovative memory care center includes 53 assisted living studio units and space for a 40-person adult daycare program. The residents and daycare participants co-mingle in an active program area called “Main Street.” Reminiscent of old fashioned downtown New Canaan, the sky-lit Main Street is simulated by one and two story brick facades which face each other and house program spaces such as a beauty/barber shop, bakery, ice cream parlor, general store, and dining piazza. The Village has been featured in the New York Times, CNN and CBS.

Awards: Merit Award, Exhibition and Publication in AIA/LeadingAge Design for Aging Review, Order of Excellence Award by Contemporary Long Term Care Magazine

 

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography

The Osborn H.O.P.E. Center

Rye, NY

Recognizing a growing need, the Osborn converted seven existing one-bedroom apartments into a 13-room assisted living memory care neighborhood. The neighborhood provides residents with various forms of dementia the freedom to move safely throughout the wing and secure courtyard. The intentionally modest-sized household has its own front door and provides ample activity space, including a great room with country-style serving kitchen, fireplace, sitting areas and dining space. Working within the constraints of the existing wing, the design solution “opens up” the center of the neighborhood with the great room spaces to break down the scale and bring in natural light. The addition of a four season sunroom, overlooking an existing perennial garden, provides secure access to the outdoors.

Award: Merit Award for Best Stand-Alone Memory Care, Senior Housing News

Photo Credit: Larry Lefever Photography