Interior renovations to a skilled nursing residence for retired priests focused on updating the existing spaces to provide a better quality of life in a comfortable, appealing setting. We updated the existing modern design aesthetic with contemporary finishes while eliminating many of the institutional features that made the living spaces feel like a hospital.
Built-in bookshelves were added to resident rooms and the addition of a full accessible shower with half wall supports resident dignity and privacy. The biggest change was replacing the central nursing “command station” with a new living room that focuses attention on a distinctive fireplace feature rather than staff areas which are now tucked behind the scenes.
Photo Credit: Nathan Cox Photography
Renovations included updating the building’s original façade and adding a pergola for a more inviting entry experience and contemporary aesthetic for a consistent exterior vernacular for the community. The 96,000-square-foot addition resulted in 60 new apartment homes, bringing the total number of residences on the campus to 158.
Awards: Publication in Environments for Aging Design Showcase
Photography credit: 2015 Gregory Benson
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