RDL Architects was engaged by the Sisters of Notre Dame and the Jennings Center for Older Adults to develop a master plan that would add memory care assisted living and market rate independent living apartments and cottages to its existing nursing and educational campus. The Sisters wished to provide replacement housing for their current Sisters that would directly connect to the existing community, while simultaneously creating a separate image and identity that would attract a wider market.
The 122,500 s.f., three-story apartment building includes 80 one and two bedroom suites, as well as a basement level parking garage. The building is strategically sited to allow for direct connections to the existing nursing and chapel, while also focused outward toward the new campus of 50 independent living cottages. The main level includes a two-story formal dining room and café, adjacent to a full-service commercial kitchen. Other amenities include a multi-purpose room, fitness room, art center, library, media room and prayer room.
The new memory care includes three, one-story houses of 12 residents each. Each household will include its own living, dining and resident support spaces, as well as its own distinct front entrance. Residentially designed open kitchens allow caregivers and family members to prepare meals from scratch based on resident preference. With its proximity to the campus, the houses have the additional convenience of direct, indoor connections to amenities such as the chapel and beauty salon, as well as to shared staff service areas.