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  Our Lady of Wisdom Skilled Nursing Facility, Page 54Our Lady of Wisdom Skilled Nursing Facility
Blitch Knevel Architects 
757 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70130

New Orleans, Louisiana
Total Square Feet: 115,000
Construction Period: Sep 1998 to Mar 2000

Construction Team
General Contractor: The Robins & Morton Group - Creekside Crossing II, Ten Cadillac Drive, #100, Brentwood, TN 37027
Structural Engineer: Morphy Makofsky, Inc. - 336 N. Jeff Davis Pkwy., #200, New Orleans, LA 70119
Electrical Engineer: IMC Consulting Engineers - 3120 20th Street, Metairie, LA 70002
Mechanical Engineer: Myron James & Associates - 285 Gulfwater Drive, Biloxi, MS 39531 & M & E Consulting, Inc. - 1304 Bertrand Drive, #A6, Lafayette, LA 70506
Landscape Architect: Daly Sublette Landscape Architects - 2121 Ridgelake Drive, #105, Metairie, LA 70001
Cost Estimator: The Robins & Morton Group - Creekside Crossing II, Ten Cadillac Drive, #100, Brentwood, TN 37027

Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care Facility is a 138-bed skilled nursing facility in New Orleans developed on a collaborative basis by 16 Catholic religious orders to serve the needs of their elderly members. The ownership of the facility and the #cluster-nursing# model being used for care make Our Lady of Wisdom one of the first of its kind in the United States. The project was recently awarded a Citation for Design Excellence by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA). The facility has a residential character, focused on individual neighborhoods, and contains dedicated facilities such as a large Chapel and auditorium not normally found in a skilled nursing facility.

Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care Center consists of three 46-bed neighborhoods, divided into 18 clusters of 7-9 beds each. The neighborhoods are attached to a central core of commons and administrative functions. Each neighborhood has a satellite dining area, with a serving pantry and dishwashing room located within the unit. Meals are prepared in bulk in the main kitchen and then transferred to the neighborhood dining areas, where they are served to the residents at individual times, with special dietary needs attended to at the unit. The neighborhoods are self-sufficient, with bathing areas, support areas such as clean and dirty linen, supplies, and staff support all located within the neighborhood. The clusters all have lounge areas or living rooms within a few steps of the rooms within the cluster, and are close to the aide desk designed within each cluster. Finishes selected include welded sheet vinyl in resident rooms and dining areas, ceramic tile in all wet areas, and healthcare grade carpets in corridors, lounges, and common assembly areas.

A central courtyard is the focus of Our Lady of Wisdom, surrounded by a 150-seat Chapel and Sanctuary, a therapy clinic for program and rehabilitation services, a second story administrative area, a mental health wing, 200-seat auditorium, and an enclosed greenhouse. This facility enables religious communities to face together the challenge of providing state-of-the-art care for their elderly.

The facility is a 2-story structure reminiscent of the Italian Romanesque style. The 8-acre site is located on the campus of Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans, Louisiana.

DIV 04: Brick: ACME Brick. 
DIV 07: EIFS: STO; Fiberglass Shingles: GAF; Metal Roof: Berridge.
DIV 08: Entrances & Storefronts: United States Aluminum; Hollow Metal Doors & Frames: CECO; Wood Doors: VT Industries, Mohawk.
DIV 09: Exterior & Interior Columns: Plastrglas; Wall Coverings: Koroseal; Gypsum: United States Gypsum; Paint: Sherwin Williams; Carpet: J & J Industries, Shaw, Mannington, Toli, Cambridge; Sheet Vinyl: Toli, Altro, Armstrong.
DIV 14: Elevators: Thyssen Dover.

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