Avista at North Mountain wins First Place for Senior Living at the ASID Arizona North Design for Excellence Awards!
The Thoma-Holec Design Team
Thoma-Holec Design was also honored with a Third Place award in the Senior Living category for their work at Tockwotton on the Waterfront in Providence RI;. A Third Place award was garnered by Jill St. Germain in the Emerging Professionals category for the design at MorningStar at Parker in Parker CO.
As the operations team began to manage the community and work with the residents it was apparent that a higher level of care was required for the residents who had dementia and cognitive impairment. The building was licensed for directed care but did not have an area specifically for memory care services. After several meetings with the staff, owner, and design team, it was determined that the second floor of this six story, independent/assisted living community would be chosen to provide a higher level of resident care, i.e. cognitive impairment. The memory care services were of utmost importance due to the current residents who had impairment as well as the overall lack of services in the immediate vicinity and pent up demand. The memory care remodel became priority over the main lobby, dining and other areas of the building. (Currently phase II)
An existing lounge area and a one-bedroom apartment were chosen for remodel. The Thoma-Holec Design team provided programming, design layout, reflected ceiling details, millwork design, and construction documents in order for the general contractor owner and architect to proceed with the necessary evaluation of the existing structural space.
A living room/dining area provided a residential atmosphere for all residents. Finishes were residential in appearance yet offered specifications required for a commercial environment that would be susceptible to infection, incontinence, medications and constant maintenance. Furnishings consisted of senior appropriate dimensions, with moisture barrier backings, and specially treated fabrics and upholstery decking to assist in combating infection and illness.
The kitchen has a 30” counter height so that residents can assist with the meal preparation, baking, etc. The dining room serves as a combination activity room, although there is an additional living area and activity area on this floor. Challenges included a low budget, low ceilings, second floor location and a small allocation of amenities space.
Thoma-Holec Design’s goal was to provide an environment that offered residents the opportunity for meaningful activities, specialized care for wellness benefits, and an aspect of dignity and respect for the residents.