A leading senior care service provider serving the frail elderly wished to support the senior population in the surrounding community. We assisted them in developing a 20,000 square foot PACE Center (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly). The multi-faceted program included recreational, therapeutic, diagnostic and administrative functional areas. These essential services positioned this senior center as a true community resource.
A Senior care organization, commissioned us to design a new senior center in a rental space directly across the street from their main campus. The existing building site is a five story heavy timber former warehouse building with ample light, significant headroom and exposed brick walls. The owner’s program required two large central recreational spaces facing the buildings’ front and rear window walls surrounded by staff and support spaces. Our design evokes the building’s “former life” as a loft manufacturing space through the use of linear pendant lighting, exposed ductwork and white washed brick walls. This simple backdrop is then contrasted by the bold use of color and pattern in the furnishings and finishes.
A regionally based healthcare network providing a continuum of care to seniors tasked us with designing a state-of-the-art community health center. We took this vacant three story office building “back to its shell” and brought in an array of new utility services to support the new program. The building’s envelope was completely reworked including new roof systems and exterior wall cladding.
On the ground floor, a covered parking area was enclosed to form an interior parking garage that flanked a newly appointed entry lobby. The second floor was fitted out with a variety of meeting rooms and classrooms, a physical therapy suite and a diagnostic and treatment center. The building’s third floor is dedicated to administrative and staff support areas.
An Adult Day Care program is staffed by rehabilitation, medical and social service professionals and serves as a bridge to allow the frail elderly to continue to live at home independently. We gut-renovated and converted a 34,000 square foot office building to house this Adult Day Care program which also includes diagnostic, therapeutic and psych-social support services. Our professional services included; architectural design, mechanical engineering, structural engineering, interior design, site planning and civil engineering.
We had originally designed this PACE Center in 2003. By 2011, the center’s successful program’s were running at full capacity and an expansion was needed. A landlocked site would not permit a physical addition. Our solution was to “shuffle the spatial deck” with a series of phased relocations and renovations. First we converted underutilized cellar storage space into a corporate office suite. This required the installation of a new elevator using complex excavation, dewatering and underpinning techniques. Staff was then relocated from an existing first floor clerical suite into the newly created cellar business offices. With the first floor office suite vacated, we then converted the empty space into a new program room featuring a multi-level, pyramidal skylight as its focal point.
A community center should appear open and welcoming while fitting seamlessly into the fabric of its neighborhood. The keys to community facility design are to focus on functionality while wrapping the program in an inviting and bright aesthetic.
Working as both architect and strategic client partner, we have designed a large number of community centers covering a wide variety of programs which include; medical, vocational training, special education, mental health and adult day care.