Wilmington, Delaware??-??The Kutz Home commissioned KDA to expand their existing 90 bed skilled nursing facility to include assisted living services on their campus. The design challenge was to give the new assisted living facility its own identity while connecting it to the existing building. The property available for the expansion is contiguous with county parkland that was formerly part of late 19th century estates overlooking the Delaware River. The adjacent estate homes are now occupied by social service agencies. Access to these buildings is via a lane through the park.
The design solution uses the park lane to access the new building and creates an arrival sequence through the park entrance, extending the park setting into the property with a pond, fountain and generous tree plantings. The nearby estate homes are part of the setting and provide the architectural inspiration for the new building. Use of natural and constructed landforms and plantings complete the setting for the new assisted living building while providing visual separation from the existing nursing facility.
The new building includes 31 resident rooms and a 17 unit memory care wing. The community spaces are oriented to take advantage of the setting with the great room and terrace overlooking the pond and the park beyond. The dining venues with display cooking and a bistro have direct access to outdoor seating in garden courtyards.