The spire of Berry College, located on the campus of the world’s largest university, rose to fame. The newly opened Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) makes the most of its location by blending in perfectly with the scenic surroundings and nearby schools.
Laurie Steber can say that while the community hasn’t been built yet, it will be unique. Seeing the job list for CEO positions, she was working with seniors living in North Carolina.
She said, “When I saw the exit of the station, the stars pointed to the sky, and the sky opened up. It was almost a physical reaction. ”
Part of his excitement is due to personal relationships. She grew up in Atlanta, and her cousin attended Berry College, about an hour and a half northwest of the Georgian capital, near Rome. But Steber is also excited about the unique opportunity to build a high-level intergenerational residential community.
She said, “It’s exciting starting all over – it’s so different on the student side. ”
The Berry College Architecture and Design Spire is also different from the typical life planning community, offering beautiful views of Quarry Lake and blending in perfectly with the campus’ natural environment and aesthetic. The project successfully achieved its goals, winning the highest accolade in the CCRC/Life Planning Community category of the 2020 Architecture and Design Awards.
Berry College covers 27,000 acres, has a large amount of land and a strong alumni base. Therefore, creating a high-level residential community is an attractive prospect. A few years ago, the college contacted Greenbrier Development of Dallas with this idea.
Tony Teague, Senior Vice President Development at Greenbrier, said that given the sheer size of the Berry campus, where I can find CPAB. In the end, a site was chosen for two reasons: it offers beautiful views of the mountains and old quarry lake (itself called Eagle Lake), and it is only a third of a mile from the student campus, which is easily accessible.
The site faces challenges, including the prevalence of careers. But Greenbrier and Berry College found that the benefits outweigh the costs and challenges.
Based in Atlanta, THW Design is an architectural firm and created the project with Berry College and Greenbrier, and other project stakeholders to create the final concept. THW President Jim Hudgins told Shanghai News that the main considerations are creating a pedestrian community that can visit the university campus, provide space for intergenerational programming, and blends in with the natural environment.
Architecture and design achieve these goals in different ways.
For example, Teague said the design required the building’s slope to be raised to increase views of the lake and nearby mountains. The building has also been configured to maximize the use of public areas and water points in the living room and includes as many corners as possible.
The extensive use of stone and glass connects CPAB with the natural environment and Berry College, which also uses these materials in its buildings. And – as the name suggests – the Berry College spire has several towers, which can also be seen all over the university campus.
Berry College’s connection with nature and aesthetics continues in interior design.
Stacy Peters, Design Director of Faulkner Design Group, said, “We were able to stay on campus for a few days and see the beauty of their main campus and their mountain campus. ”
The Faulkner team has developed a palette of warm neutrals in interior design, such as dark chocolate, warm gray, and soft ivory. ‘More impact” comes from gold, and Eagle Lake inspires shades of bronze, green, and turquoise, and Nicole Hill, senior project manager at Faulkner, said the fall leaves inspire the colors of wine and burgundy.
The design company also has access to an archive of licensed photographic works from Berry College, and the entire community can browse historical and current framed images.
Architects and interior designers have pointed out that the separate living room is a vivid example of all these design elements. The space features warm wood, tiles imitating Carrera marble and stone with a cracked surface texture, all of which bring a connection to nature. However, furniture can also create a cozy atmosphere, such as a chair with a high backrest. The 9-foot ceiling adds space and drama, and the large windows offer views of the lake and mountains.
Hudgins said despite the Bailey College campus, there is a need to ensure that CPAB’s footprints are as compact as possible to ensure pedestrian accessibility and control project costs. But this concept has evolved. It also includes 144 apartments and independent buildings with health and memory care. It also includes 26 independent cottages and a detached living room with 17 accommodation units.
Hudgins said the addition of cabins was a response to changes in consumer preferences in the market.
The final design concept covers an area of 400,000 square meters. In addition, it includes a complete comfort room, such as a gym and lounge, a saltwater pool, formal and informal restaurants, and several lounges and common areas. The cost of the project is approximately $81 million, and the total project budget is approximately $130 million.
In response to Covid-19, the main contractor (GC) took a number of precautions, including the use of wristbands to ensure that everyone on site undergoes a health check. The pandemic has also led to other obstacles, such as the periodic closure of individual suppliers.
Completion of the project Despite the pandemic, The Spiers opened at Berry College was a success, in part due to the project’s generational relationships.
Students of Berry College started working full-time at The Spiers in May to help the community prepare for the opening and welcome the first residents. Steber said that these students spend a lot of time working each year through the Gates Scholars program, and that part of their income is used to pay for tuition.
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