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  The Oaks at Fort Hudson, Page 56The Oaks at Fort Hudson
Rucinski Hall Architecture
627 Maple Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Fort Edward, New York
Total Square Feet: 63,600
Construction Period: Dec 1999 to Jan 2001

Construction Team
General Contractor: Collette Construction - 38 Collette Lane, Hudson Falls, NY 12839
Electrical Engineer: Freeman Engineering - 19 Maple Drive, Queensbury, NY 12804
Mechanical Engineer: Hutchins Engineering - 169 Haviland Road, Queensbury, NY 12804
Civil Engineer: Nace Engineering - 169 Haviland Road, Queensbury, NY 12804
Sprinkler Engineer: Gifford Harvey - 29 Edgewood Drive, Queensbury, NY 12804

Fort Hudson Health Services is a not-for-profit corporation that operates a Nursing Home and Alzheimer’s Facility in Fort Edward, New York. In December of 1999 Rucinski Hall Architecture in cooperation with Collette Construction began an associated project to design and build a 62 unit independent senior citizen housing unit on the Fort Hudson campus. The site is adjacent to the nursing home facility on a flat, sandy site lined with oak trees. The design was to incorporate the new facility into the existing campus via a connecting road which ultimately wrapped around the entire campus. Municipal water and sewer were brought to the new facility as well as underground electric, natural gas and telephone/cable service.

The new facility houses 60 one bedroom and 2 two bedroom handicap adaptable apartment units with individual bathrooms, kitchens, living/dining rooms, clothes washer and dryer as well as covered patios for each unit. Heating and cooling is provided by individual package units servicing each apartment. Each kitchen is equipped with a full size refrigerator, electric range with oven and dishwasher. 

One bedroom apartments are approximately 620 square feet and the two bedroom apartments are approximately 850 square feet. Apartment units are grouped into buildings containing eight apartments, a common corridor, common tenant storage rooms and utility spaces. Buildings are connected with fire separations between the groups of eight apartments and the overall commons facility. 

The commons facility contains a dining facility for residents, a private dining area for parties and a serving kitchen. Offices for facility staff, utility spaces, lounge area, postal mailboxes and common toilet facilities are also provided in the commons area. A covered porch and entry vestibule covers the entire front of the commons area providing residents with a place to enjoy the outdoors. An open air patio for outdoor dining is provided at the rear of the commons area as well.

The facility is located in a small upstate New York village with a public transportation bus stop immediately accessible at the front of the site. Transportation is also provided by Fort Hudson Health Services and parking space is provided for residents who own their own vehicles. 

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