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Assisted Living Building, Memory Care, and Commons Expansion &Renovations

Moravian Hall Square
Nazareth, Pennsylvania

The re-positioning of the campus began with strategic planning and a site master plan laying out different options for various components of the expansion. To capture more of the limited available property, the tight, urban site suggested an addition that spans the existing site loop road. Setbacks and slopes also impacted the unique design solutions.

In addition to spanning the street and forming a gateway to the rear of the campus, the new assisted living wing, Morningstar Hall, partially frames the front entrance to the building and picks up the stucco and brick materials of the existing buildings. It offers studios as well as one and two bedroom apartments. The building connects back to an existing assisted living wing and new dining and kitchen facilities were added to serve the new and existing residents in a central location.

The new memory care addition, Galilee House, has two, 12 bed households that share a number of centrally located amenities and staff support areas. Additional assisted living rooms were also included one floor above and facility support spaces are located in the partial basement space below.

The memory care wing has two central living spaces where daily activities take place. These feature abundant natural light and access to exterior gardens. Interactive elements or vignettes are incorporated to encourage and allow residents living with dementia to independently move and about engage in their home. To further enforce the household feel, service and support spaces and access doors are carefully oriented to be unobtrusive and out of sight.

To reinforce the community's heritage, the design of the new structures incorporates many interpretive elements used in traditional Moravian architecture.

The project was designed and managed by Drew Kepley while a Principal at SFCS Inc., Architect of Record.

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