ILC 2018 Expansion Receives National Recognition in Senior Living Design

Spring 2019-Environments For Aging Design Showcase Awards-Finalist

Published each year in the Spring issue of Environments for Aging, the EFA Design Showcase offers a compilation of architecture and interior design projects representing outstanding innovative design solutions in new or renovated senior care environments across the nation.

A jury appointed by The Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments (SAGE), The Center for Health Design, the International Interior Design Association, and the American Society of Interior Designers reviewed submissions to the 23rd annual EFA Design Showcase.

This year’s winners and finalists from the Environments for Aging included Immanuel Lutheran Communities.

As the only Life Plan Community in its region, the faith-based, non-profit Immanuel Lutheran Communities (ILC)  serves a range of income levels.  ILC asked CJMW Architecture to plan and design a major phased expansion. The goal: offer living options and amenities that attract residents without compromising the essential mission of service to
all Flathead Valley residents.  CJMW teamed with local firm MMW Architects, whose expertise addressed the Montana vernacular and resolved construction issues with harsh conditions and tight site. Renovation of a skilled nursing memory care wing created 32 rehabilitation therapy rooms on the campus’ east side. The project then focused on expanding the west campus’ existing IL, Commons, and AL areas. An addition/renovation added 24 AL memory care rooms and created an enclosed courtyard.

IL residences are intermixed with AL apartments; AL with Memory Care.  Strategically located common areas encourage movement out of population-specific ‘zones.’ These opportunities to co-mingle support ILC’s belief in the importance of personal relationships.

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