The Bethany Manor Addition & Building Renovations project involved the phased demolition, renovation, and expansion of an existing skilled nursing facility in Story City, Iowa. The complex program and design were successfully achieved while minimizing disruption to existing residents and maintaining occupancy census.
At the heart of this project was the transformation of a mid-century facility from an outdated institution-based care paradigm to a culturally relevant, neighborhood / household model that focuses on resident-centered care and creates a sense of home.
A critical component of this project was the strategic disentanglement of the original mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems which served parts of the building that were to remain operational during demolition. The design team worked in conjunction with the Construction Manager to chart a path that minimized disruptions to the building’s occupants.
Breaking from tradition, the new 88 unit expansion of Rowley Masonic Community creates a sense of home and place that is so essential to resident centered care. Clusters of homes arranged in three V-shaped buildings will form neighborhoods for residents to call home. Entry porches create comfortable spaces to observe the comings and goings of each neighborhood while providing a sense of ownership and individuality to residents. The exterior design and masses also contribute to the individuality of each house.
No longer serving the sole purpose of circulation, the wide corridors and adjacent alcoves reinforce the concept of a neighborhood to the clusters of resident rooms. These livable corridors include social spaces to create a sense of community, encouraging spontaneous social interaction between residents. Floor to ceiling windows between each pair of resident rooms provides an airy atmosphere, natural daylight/ventilation, and views to the exterior park-like spaces.
At the heart of the new expansion, Main Street is an energetic place for social interaction between residents, staff, and visitors. Coffee shops, beauty parlors, and hobby shops will line the public space, emulating a traditional American downtown street. Spaces for performances, movies, and events allow residents to enjoy a lively & vivacious lifestyle well into their twilight years.