Inspiration is a necessity in life. Thousands of providers across the United States feel constrained by a physical environment that no longer meets the needs of residents, staff, or family members. Giving inspiration to communities considering embarking on a renovation project was the singular goal of Long-Term Living's 2009 Remodel/Renovation Contest. Showcased here are the 15 winners and runners-up of facilities that entered in the common space, dining space, or resident room categories. It was our hope, by showcasing remodel/renovation work, that we could give you some ideas of how colleagues are coping with smaller budgets and doing more with less in general, while still furthering their culture change journey.
During April and May, more than 67 submissions were reviewed by a multidisciplinary group of judges from the Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE). The submissions covered the complete spectrum of the continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and hospice environments.
The SAGE-appointed judges included architects, researchers, interior designers, educators, providers, and culture change specialists. Each judge viewed the submission according to his or her own area of expertise, assuring the projects were evaluated on a wide range of criteria. Judges rated the submissions and provided a comment or two to help clarify the rationale for the rating. The top five projects in each of the three categories (dining, resident rooms, common spaces) were selected for display and voting on the Long-Term Living Web site. Hundreds of participants viewed and voted on the best projects. The highest rated projects from each category are featured in this section. We have included judges' comments as well as reader comments next to the entries.
The submissions from all three categories ranged widely in amount of renovation and cost of the project. Some submissions tended to solely address the outdated aesthetics of the space by providing new furnishings and finishes, while others looked at incorporating programming and operational changes as well. The most successful submissions looked at more than one facet of the environment targeting culture change. However, all of the submissions seemed to work toward enhancing the resident, staff, or family experience. In that sense, the resident experience usually received the highest priority.
The definition of a “common space” is not very specific, as can be seen in the variety of different spaces submitted, from outdoor courtyards to reception lobbies. Almost 50% of the submissions concentrated on common spaces. Aside from the differences in space type and the intended user, all of the submissions sought to improve the functionality and experience of the space for their residents. In addition, most of the common space renovations followed a hospitality model, in function and aesthetics.
The dining room submissions presented the largest range of space sizes from a few hundred to more than one thousand square feet. However, all of the renovations concentrated on enhancing the experience of the resident during mealtimes (environmental comfort, views, acoustics, and olfactory exposure). Many of the submissions concentrated on breaking down the scale of larger dining spaces and eliminating aspects often associated with an institutional setting.
A majority of the resident room submissions (60%) dealt with renovations that enhanced double-occupancy rooms, especially increasing resident privacy. While a few of the submissions dealt only with updating finishes, this category seemed to express the most creativity, due to both a limited budget and typically the largest number of spaces to renovate.
Enjoy reviewing the winners of the 2009 Remodel/Renovation Contest. As a reader service, we have listed vendors and service providers associated with the project.
We hope the inspiration will encourage you to start thinking of a renovation project to improve the experience of your own communities and advance the culture change that is under way. Please be certain to take a “before” and “after” image so that you can contribute to the momentum of communities undergoing renovations by participating in next year's Remodel/Renovation Contest.
-Andrew Alden, Associate AIA, Engberg Anderson, for SAGE, and the editors of Long-Term Living
COMMON SPACE - REMODEL/RENOVATION
PRS Cascade Manor-Solarium Eugene, Oregon
Architecture and Interior Design: Ankrom Moisan Associated Architects;
Structural Engineers: Kramer Gehlen & Associates;
Woodwork: Chambers Construction;
Mechanical Engineer: The Carmichael Group;
Window Replacement: Mid-Valley;
Custom Window Treatments: Draperies N Things;
Carpet: Bigelow Commercial; Shaw Contract Group;
Custom Couch: Castellano Custom Furniture;
Custom Lighting: Flux Inc. (c/o HL Stearns);
Wallcovering: Colour & Design/Koroseal