PKHL Architects, PA , Village of Ninnescah

Village of Ninnescah – Clearwater, Kansas
PKHL Architects, PA – El Dorado, Kansas
Type of Facility/Setting: Assisted Living

Facility Contact: Izena Monk

Firm: PKHL Architects, PA, (316) 321-4774

Design Team: Vince Haines, Design Architect (PKHL Architects, PA); Ted Blosser, Mechanical Engineer (Blosser Ahlstedt Engineering); Gary Stefan, Electrical Engineer (Stefan Voegeli Engineering); Sutherland Builders, General Contractor

Photography: Vince Haines

Resident Capacity: 31 units

Space/Resident (sq. ft.): 622

Total Area (sq. ft.): 19,269

Total Cost (excluding land): $1,582,543

Cost/Sq. Ft.: $82

Completion: July 1999

The Village of Ninnescah is located in the rural farm town of Clearwater, Kansas. The community-owned skilled nursing facility, Ninnescah Manor, recognized the need for a more diverse elderly-living environment to serve its regional area. A multiphased project, including assisted living, special care and independent living, began within the town limits. The assisted living facility was the first phase completed and helped establish the infrastructure necessary for future development.

The design approach featured a farmstead layout and offers views into adjacent cropland. Each resident room is detailed with high ceilings, window seats and large combination walk-in closet/dressing rooms.

The resident rooms are arranged around a central common area in three small wings. This layout, along with a room count of only 31, ensures short corridors and a more residential feel. The central area contains all common activities in an open plan. The kitchen opens directly to the dining area at countertop level, allowing resident participation in kitchen activities. Numerous interior sitting areas, a large front porch and a protected courtyard allow for multiple relaxing settings outside the resident rooms.

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