State of Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency

New Veterans Homes

Detroit and Grand Rapids, Michigan // 170,000 sq. ft.

Client Challenge and TowerPinkster Solution

The State of Michigan and the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency is working with TowerPinkster and senior living design consultant, SFCS, to design two new State Veterans Homes developments in Grand Rapids and the Detroit area based on USDVA Community Living Center (CLC) guidelines. The Grand Rapids home will feature four neighborhoods of two, sixteen-bed houses for a total of 128 resident rooms. A primary focus of the design is allowing each resident house to function independently in smaller groups, while also fostering broader connections in a central community center and multipurpose spaces. The new homes will embody the principles of “Resident Centered Care” and replace previous institutional medical models. The homes will feature a kitchen, dining room, living room, den, support spaces, and resident rooms with private bathrooms. The community center will include administration offices, a therapy suite, a multi-purpose room, bistro, salon, chapel, main kitchen, laundry services, and support spaces. Both the Grand Rapids and Detroit homes will provide a safe and welcoming environment for veterans in a neighborhood-like setting. Residents will receive the care and services they need while affording them the community and privacy they deserve.