Development of a 347-unit Continuing Care Retirement Community re-purposes an historic convent, orchard and campus grounds overlooking the Willamette River.The first phase of work entailed revision of a detailed Master Plan document to demonstrate conformance with local development codes and guidelines.
The project team’s goal was to preserve as much of the natural beauty of the existing site while fulfilling the program requirements of adding independent living, assisted living, an Alzheimer wing, and a fitness center.Our close collaboration with the civil engineer on site grading helped to balance cut and fill across the site resulting in significant cost savings.In addition, we succeeded in preserving and featuring a number of heritage trees that were cherished by the client.
The south meadow retained some of the existing apple trees that were part of a vast orchard. The apple trees were supplemented with many varieties of fruit trees and a large kitchen garden.
Since completion the orchard has become the most popular place in the campus. The edible garden allows residents and staff endless activities and provides fresh seasonal fruit and produce used in meal preparations.