Finest Repositioning of 2020: Room Needle Architect’s CCRC Style Receives $57M Modernization

Nestled in Seattle’s Queen Anne community is a 10-tale continuing treatment retirement group that, until finally a couple yrs in the past, was on the brink of obsolescence.

Created in 1960, Bayview’s inside and exterior looked exceptionally dated, compared to newer senior housing communities that opened in modern many years. Finally, the community’s board of administrators acknowledged that a alter was critical, and accredited what would finally be a $57 million repositioning of the building.

This grasp approach took years to get off the ground and was complicated by Bayview’s location in a densely populated city core, with tiny to no obtainable land to broaden the campus. Construction, meanwhile, interrupted the life of people and workdays of personnel.

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Finally, Bayview’s repositioning was accomplished in late 2019, transforming the lives of its inhabitants and breathing new life into a vintage making by bringing modern amenities into the campus whilst honoring its authentic layout. The efforts gained Bayview top honors in the 2020 Senior Housing New Architecture & Design Awards “Best Repositioning” classification.

The idea

Bayview was designed in 1960 from a layout conceived by architect John Graham Jr., whose most legendary style is the Room Needle commissioned for the 1962 World’s Reasonable in Seattle. Drawing from the mid-century modernist pattern that dominated architecture at the time, Graham built a setting up that offered people with amazing views of downtown Seattle, Puget Seem and the Olympic and Cascade Mountains, Bayview CEO Nancy Weinbeck explained to Senior Housing News.

Bayview opened with 134 independent residing models, 59 assisted dwelling models, a widespread living and dining area on the floor floor, and solariums for residents on every flooring. An enlargement in the 1990s provided a 50-bed proficient nursing cohort, a childcare center and a rooftop terrace.

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Despite the fact that Bayview underwent minor renovations about the many years, leadership resisted committing to a full-scale overhaul and, as a result, the setting up commenced to search dated on both of those the outdoors and within. As the industry for senior housing adjusted, Bayview’s leadership and board of administrators recognized that action was desired.

“The clock was ticking on Bayview’s viability,” Weinbeck said. “It just was not conference the [needs of] impending generations of retirees and what they needed.”

In 2014, Bayview’s board of directors made a grasp approach to reposition the campus, and enlisted Bremerton, Washington-dependent architecture and design business Rice Fergus Miller (RFM) to execute it, Principal Greg Belding advised SHN.

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The strategy identified as for the addition of independent residing models, a memory treatment wing, upgrading features, adding numerous dining venues, and refreshing present apartments and interiors, exteriors and outside facilities.

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Sights from Bayview’s renovated rooftop deck include things like this distinct sightline of Seattle’s iconic Room Needle.

Five new one-bed room and two two-bedroom independent dwelling units ended up carved from typical room throughout the constructing, though a ground dedicated to assisted residing was reclaimed for 13 extra impartial living flats. On the floor stage, a 10-device memory treatment wing was intended with shared residing and eating spaces, which open to a household going to place and a patio.

Bayview’s new amenities include things like a heated saltwater indoor pool which immediately connects to a wellness centre featuring a conditioning area with exercising machines and ground space for yoga lessons and stretching. The new dining venues are highlighted by Monsieur Pickles, a bistro-fashion venue throughout from the wellness heart, and the Cloud Area cafe on the rooftop.

The main dining space was redesigned to carry in mild and provide stunning views of the terrace backyard garden outside the house. Wooden and neutral tones had been added to offer a feeling of place although honoring Graham’s authentic design. Other revamped facilities contain a library, as very well as an arts studio with a totally outfitted kitchen space. Both of those rooms have a continuous move from 1 to the other, courtesy of glass transoms and huge windows.

In addition to the Cloud Place cafe, the rooftop was renovated to consist of a sky lounge and cafe, an outside patio, and multipurpose space.

Last but not least, the main entrance, which was partly under quality, was relocated up one particular ground. This refreshed Bayview’s streetscape even though managing entry to the community’s assisted residing and memory care segments. A new elevator and exit stair tower was included to provide the constructing, although retaining its first character.

The construction

In advance of renovations could start off, Bayview initially wanted to get its financial residence in buy to attain the vital bond funding to finance the job, Weinbeck claimed. She credits her predecessor as CEO, Mary Cordts — who retired in April 2019 — for spearheading the repositioning effort and seeing it by means of to completion. Eventually, the bonds were being in put by 2016 and development could begin.

Bayview’s vision of expansion to meet new income calls for was in conflict with essential features of Seattle’s zoning constraints, Belding reported. For illustration, their wish to enclose out of doors house on the prime floor with penthouse flats was in violation of peak limits set in position after the primary development.

The style and design crew also applied the time to handle structural issues that would impede building. Bayview’s landlocked downtown site eliminated any probability of growing its campus horizontally, and developing vertically would affect the current construction, Belding instructed SHN.

Yet another major structural concern involved the placement of the pool. RFM decided to wedge it concerning current columns, even though getting treatment to not disturb under-grade structural footings. Moreover, RFM found out through building that it experienced to contend with surprising underneath-quality plumbing, as nicely as replace Bayview’s primary oil-fired boiler process, which supplied warm h2o for the entire creating.

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Bayview’s renovations consist of a heated saltwater pool, squeezed involving exitsting columns, though using treatment to not disturb structural footings.

“They’re incredibly inefficient, and they took up a substantial amount of money of space in the basement space — room that we could truly use for other items,” he claimed.

RFM installed an power productive, gasoline-fired boiler technique which took up just one-tenth of the initial system’s footprint. The absolutely free place was then transformed into earnings creating space such as the wellness center and bistro, storage place for residents, and offer room for again of house and upkeep team.

Incorporating a new dining location on the rooftop precipitated the need to have for a new elevator, which RFM additional by repurposing a decommissioned incinerator chimney. This offered a challenge: the chimney experienced a full liner inside that had to come out, but the composition was not major adequate to in shape much more than just one human being within to do the function.

“Getting any person in there to just take it out was really the problem,” Belding said.

RFM and Bayview knew that renovating the creating would disrupt functions, as well as the daily routines of inhabitants. Also, some older citizens desired to be convinced that the get the job done was required.

RFM engaged citizens in the renovation approach, accumulating their insights on what they wanted to see inside of the building and involving its resident committee in the design procedure, RFM Proprietor and Principal Jennifer Fleming told SHN.

One particular of the aims shared by the style and design group and the resident committee was to honor Bayview’s first layout, but to do so in a contemporary way that serves today’s inhabitants. That is exhibited in carpet colours and design patterns that hark back again to the mid-century modernist aesthetic, however sense modern and spacious.

“The citizens were being quite involved in that procedure,” she explained.

People were being initially reluctant to cede typical space on the condominium flooring for new models, but RFM was in a position to maintain some of that area and repurpose it into a smaller sitting spot, each just one featuring an iconic Seattle street scene or architectural landmark. These also serve as wayfinding details for people.

“One of the things that we’re seriously passionate about in our operate is acquiring means to have interaction people,” Fleming mentioned. “The additional that we can contain residents and engage them in the style and design approach, we have [realized] higher success than when you perform in a vacuum.”

As renovations progressed and new sections have been underneath construction, Bayview labored to retain its providers to residents. The library and artwork room was employed for meal services when the most important dining place underwent renovations. Some inhabitants observed their residences abutted the new elevator shaft, which led to noise complaints, Weinbeck explained.

RFM also carried out earthquake retrofitting throughout the renovations, which included one more degree of tension to the proceedings.

“The sound obtained to be fairly poor at certain points,” she stated.

The completion

Bayview’s renovations were being completed in March 2019, one month ahead of Weinbeck succeeded Cordts as CEO. The completion came as a welcome relief to team and inhabitants alike, simply because the logistics of sustaining expert services and treatment whilst renovations ended up ongoing produced way for producing use of the new facilities.

At the exact same time, new, youthful residents moved into the local community, and offered clean vitality for the ones who endured the development, and Weinbeck noticed that the blend of youthful and more mature seniors adjusted the make-up of Bayview’s census, for the better.

“Our more youthful residents arrived to take pleasure in our more mature residents,” she reported. “There were quite significant and profound interactions that developed, among them.”

Lots of of the more mature residents expressed surprise and fulfillment that the RFM crew was in a position to absolutely remodel Bayview’s inside layout, including so a lot of features even though earning many nods toward Graham’s first mid-century present day style.

“There was a whole lot of aid when [construction] was around, and delight in how attractive the building grew to become,” she reported.

Just one member of the resident committee, a retired architect, challenged RFM far more than any other member, and was skeptical that the company could pull off the repositioning and preserve its mid-century charm, Belding advised SHN.

Once this resident observed the remaining solution, he was certain normally, which Belding learned through an face at a fundraising party.

“He was smiling from ear to ear,” Belding claimed. “He arrived up to me, shook my hand and said, ‘This is just fantastic. I experienced no notion that you could pull this off.’”

Bayview’s overhaul still left an indelible perception on David Dillard, principal and senior living follow leader at HKS Architects and just one of this year’s judges. He had substantial praise for the style team’s potential to make the most use out of constrained out there house, and cited the pool, the creation of a number of chic eating venues, the over-all rooftop encounter and especially the revamped elevator lobbies as examples.

“I love their elevator lobbies, which is essential in the lifeblood of a community,” he reported.

Dillard was impressed by RFM’s capacity to thread the needle involving honoring Graham’s initial structure and building a modern day, useful constructing. He noted that the structure crew employed a widespread observe of borrowing out of doors sights to make interiors appear bigger than they are, highlighted by the flow of windows higher than the wall separating the library and arts studio. That smaller segment of glass presents the ceiling a continual visual appeal from one particular room to the up coming.

“It’s a trick that, for regardless of what rationale, we abandoned 30 or 40 years ago,” he reported. “This is a best instance of how we can study from the earlier by redeploying some of the things that architects were executing again then for the betterment of the area.”