State of Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

Michigan Veterans Home at Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, Michigan // 152,800 SF sq. ft.


The State of Michigan and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency partnered with TowerPinkster and senior living design consultant SFCS to design a new Veteran community based on the USDVA Community Living Center (CLC) Guidelines. The design embraces the concept of resident-centered care, which provides all residents with private rooms and bathrooms in a home-like environment. Resident rooms are arranged in 16 room households, and houses are paired into 32 resident neighborhoods. Each household may function independently but shares functions such as the multi-purpose room, staff breakroom, and garage/receiving area, which are arranged in a Neighborhood Center connecting the pair of homes. Each Neighborhood Center is connected to the central Community Center via enclosed connector walkways.

This location consists of (8) households and four (4) neighborhoods for a total of 128 resident rooms. A single household of 16 residents or a neighborhood pair of 32 could be designated as memory care or another specialized care environment. The prototypical design may accommodate the level of care with little or no alteration to the basic design.

The Grand Rapids development is positioned on the Northeast side of the existing site, designed around other existing amenities such as a pharmacy, laundry, and recreational spaces. The project included utility modification, site circulation, and demolition of existing buildings.

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