At Westminster-Canterbury’s northside campus, HG Design Studio is working with SFCS Architects to assist the client with modernizing an older facility. Senior living has become a competitive market, and often driven by the younger generation, who values luxury and up-to-date facilities. In response, the creation of gardens, a Wellness Activity area above a new parking deck as well as the creation of a new Villa neighborhood is the objective to improve the campus.
The roof of the parking deck will accommodate a variety of wellness components, which have all been determined through close coordination with WC staff and residents. Structured elements like pickleball courts, an exercise equipment fitness courtyard, and firepit and picnic shelter will be joined by gardens and open lawn areas for multipurpose uses. Land planning will integrate a collection of buildings from different eras into a sense of community and place. The new Villa neighborhood will be centered around a large Village Green, with pathways, gardens, and a dog park. Community garden beds will be located adjacent to the existing Cochrane Pond. Berms and dense plantings will screen the property from adjacent commercial development. A walking trail, which is among the most popular amenities with residents, will connect all parts of the large campus.