The Village at Northridge
Senior Resource Group
Existing Facility: 4 Story, 225 Unit Independent Living Senior Apartments with Amenities
Project: Expansion of the communities additional 7 Acre Site with a four story, 84-unit assisted living building with underground parking and a one story 48-unit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. Both buildings total 145,000 SF. The addition of these facilities will support an active senior population that will be able to “stay in the community” with the expanded care services being offered.
The exterior environment provides courtyards, accessible walkways, outdoor shaded congregating spaces in a secured campus setting.
Architectural aesthetics take clues from the existing contemporary design style to create a “village” of compatible styles.
The interior public spaces are organized around a central naturally lighted 2 story lobby. The clustering of public spaces promotes socialization of residents. Spaces are designed for flexibility of future program adjustments.
The memory care community within the facility is around a secured open-air courtyard that provides for looped circulation for those who wander.
All social spaces including dining, activity, and living rooms are connected to provide good visibility for staff and resident wayfinding.
The assisted living community provides a variety of social activities which engage the resident with exercise classes, yoga, games, and crafts, in multi-use spaces; as well as less social activities, such as lounge, theater, and a computer/library area, and a salon. Staff and support areas are centrally located at each floor to insure good supervision to all residents.
With the building industry growing and construction costs escalating, budget constraints are always a challenge so to maximize the entitlements ‘density,’ specifically building height, the project was required to be of non-combustible construction, so a light gauge steel stud bearing wall system was considered and implemented, which was more cost effective than traditional methods, such as structural steel beam and column or concrete column and beam.
The other component to the project is a one story, 48-unit, skilled nursing and rehabilitation center. The rooms are private and have private patios and an internal outdoor secured garden. Public spaces include a common dining, activity room, and group meeting room. Also associated with the facility is a rehab/physical therapy suite, which will operate independently, but provide services for ‘village’ residents. Interior and exterior architectural designs are comparable with the rest of campus.