Oudens & Knoop Architects, PC, The Renaissance

The Renaissance – Washington, DC
Oudens & Knoop Architects, PC – Chevy Chase, Maryland
Type of Facility/Setting: Skilled Nursing/Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care

Facility Contact: Robert L. Sloan, Administrator

Firm: Oudens & Knoop Architects, PC, (301) 718-0080

Design Team: Design Innerphase, Interior Design; Van Yahres Associates, Landscape Design; Hankins & Anderson, Mechanical, Electrical and Civil Engineers; SK&A Consulting Engineers, Structural Engineers; OWP+P, Programming Consultant

Photography: Alan Karchmer, Architectural Photographer; Michael C. Dersin, Michael Dersin Photography

Resident Capacity: 94

Space/Resident (sq. ft.): 831

Total Area (sq. ft.): 102,566

Total Cost (excluding land): $16,356,000 (construction)

Cost/Sq. Ft.: $159

Completion: February 2001

Sibley Memorial Hospital has expanded its service options by adding new buildings for assisted living and for skilled and Alzheimer’s/dementia care on its 19-acre campus.

The skilled care facility is built at the west end of the existing hospital building. At-grade areas between the second-floor building wings and the hospital provide sheltered gardens for the memory-impaired residents housed at that level. Connection of the two buildings is made at the second-, third- and fourth-floor nursing levels, permitting staff and supply movement and convenient patient access to acute care services.

Resident rooms on each nursing unit are clustered in two groups of eight private rooms around a country kitchen and activity area. At the second level, memory-impaired residents are provided with ample, safe wandering space, both inside and outside the facility. Function-specific dining, activity, social and therapy spaces offer activity and socialization in a variety of settings and scales.

The first-floor level includes the visitor entrance and administrative offices for the nursing facility, as well as community access to the rehabilitation center, education and conference facilities, and the hospital’s senior programs. The design of the first-floor concourse is intended to be representative of the diverse, multigenerational population it serves. By contrast, plan details and material and color selections on the nursing levels are based on the more personal, residential nature of their occupancy.

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