The EFA Design Showcase is always a highlight of the spring, and the 2018 issue features two AG projects. Palmview at Gulf Coast Village in Cape Coral, Florida was included as a published project in the Assisted Living/Memory Care category. Village Pointe Commons in Grafton, Wisconsin was honored as one of the 13 finalists.
Village Pointe Commons was recognized as one of 13 finalists that “pushed the needle forward,” according to Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, editor-in-chief of Environments for Aging. While the project includes 122 independent living apartments, 65 assisted living units and 26 memory support beds, it features a unique independent living option with 16 Casettas. The Casetta is an 8,514-sq.ft. structure that offers four residential units connected by a shared communal area. The jurors recognized this as a co-housing experiment. Capri Senior Communities and AG Architecture shared insights on this social experiment at the EFA Conference and will continue to explore vibrant housing options for active, independent seniors.
Palmview at Gulf Coast Village is an assisted living and memory support product that redefines supportive living. The team took a hospitality approach to the design in order to create a vibrant, amenity-rich setting. One of the innovative aspects of the project was translating the household concept to serve a larger population. By stacking 10-bed households vertically and carefully organizing amenities and service areas in a centralized core, the team was able to maintain the intimacy of the household concept while maximizing efficiency.
Congratulations to all of the team members. These projects demonstrate how together we can bring new concepts to the industry, build a greater sense of community and improve the lives of our ever-growing senior population.