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Vinson Hall Retirement Community
Renovations and Expansion

Vinson Hall Retirement Community
McLean, Virginia

The Vinson Hall Retirement Community expansion project began with a strategic and site master planning process. Several different projects were identified as a result of the process including a 5-story 75 unit independent living apartment building with below building parking, Willow Oak Apartments; a 3-story community building with twelve bed rehabilitation center, a large auditorium, new dining venue, library, and executive office suite; and a separate, two-level parking garage adjacent to the existing health center.

The new Willow Oak Building apartments have large, open floor plans, screen porches, and large operable windows. A prominent feature are the vaulted roofs over the top floor apartment living rooms. These are elements on the exterior of the building and provide dramatic interior spaces for the apartments. The building steps down at the northwest end to better relate to Kirby Road and the residential neighborhood nearby. The design was influenced by the desire to preserve as much open space on the campus as possible and a 100+-year-old willow oak tree near the center of the site. 

The project also included the renovations of the original Vinson Hall Building exterior and corridors, assisted living interior architecture, new marketing suite, and extensive sitework. The use of like materials/elements, similar proportions, and color palette in the facades of the new buildings and exterior renovations of the existing buildings were used to help tie the campus buildings together.

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

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