This project involved the gut renovation and conversion of a former nursing home into an Assisted Living Residence. The building’s “EL” shaped footprint lent itself to the positioning of amenity spaces at its center and resident rooms in each flanking wing. Our colleagues at AE Design created a bright, clean aesthetic using materials that are classic, durable and easy to maintain.
A light colored palate of furnishings and finishes give this lobby a grander scale. Large size floor and ceiling tiles contribute to the illusion. The reception desk is a focal point which draws your eyes across the space where linear accent lighting adds a sense of motion and drama.
A prestigous senior care center, needed to update its dining and lounge spaces in support of a new short-term rehabilitation unit. Existing lounge spaces were re-purposed as a bistro for residents and families. Large existing dining rooms were visually subdivided into intimate dining areas to create a restaurant style atmosphere. Soft seating parlors within or adjacent to dining rooms provide relaxing after-dinner conversation areas. The end result is a state-of-the-art look to match the facilities’ cutting edge care.
A leading provider in senior living approached us with an ambitious plan to convert an existing skilled nursing home into an assisted living facility. From the project’s inception, the entire team was focused on creating something special that “raised the bar” for assisted living providers. After an intensive due diligence phase, we identified the major infrastructure changes needed to meet governing codes and worked with the local municipality to address community concerns and establish the scope of site work required. The existing conditions gave us a lot to work with, starting with a beautiful 12 acre rolling hill top site. The existing structure and envelope were both in very good condition, but the electrical and fire protection systems needed substantial code upgrades.
A freestanding nursing pavilion needed to be converted to senior apartments. Zoning restrictions would not allow a physical addition of significant size. We maximized the existing space by situating all of the required residential units. Our civil engineering expertise allowed us to connect separate dining, amenity and service/support areas in an adjacent building via a grade level corridor, which included a new roof and storm water retention system. We also improved the building’s entire envelope energy efficiency and realigned window openings to bring exterior views “inside”. A refurbished solarium roof for the central dining room reclaimed landscape views and the use of warm, natural materials and colors continued the feeling of connection to the outside. Built-in millwork, high-backed arm chairs, chairrails, and wainscoating produce a cozy, homelike feeling.
This ambitious upgrade of a senior apartment residence, left no stone unturned. The upgrade starts at the curb with new public and decorative on-site sidewalks which lead to a completely upgraded two-story lobby with new finishes, reception desk, lighting, mailbox wall and video intercom system. All public spaces and resident apartments were refinished and refurnished including new HVAC and fire protection systems. The building’s envelope was completely upgraded with a new roof system, new windows and masonry repointing/repairs. Outdoor recreational spaces were repaved and appointed with new landscaping and site furnishings.
Senior Living runs the gamut from “over 55” Independent Communities and Active Senior Apartments through Assisted Living and Memory Care. At JWB we have extensive Senior Living design expertise spanning the entire sector.
Our Independent Living experience includes a variety of projects in both urban and suburban settings ranging from CCRCs to Senior Apartments with services. Many of these projects involve Bond and Tax Credit Financing.
In the Assisted Living arena, we have a large portfolio of projects including both alterations/conversions and ground up construction.
JWB’s 35 years of elder care design experience have given our firm a deep understanding of the ergonomics and acuities unique to Seniors.