E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home|
Harvard Jolly Architecture
5201 W. Kennedy Boulevard #515, Tampa, FL 33609
Location: St. Augustine, Florida
Date Bid: Oct 2008 Construction Period: Oct 2008 to Mar
Total Square Feet: 95,508 Site: 12 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 96 patient rooms, bed capacities: 120.
Building Size: First floor, 95,508; total, 95,508 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 18’; total, 18’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Structural Steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, stone veneer. Roof: Built-up, membrane,
clay tile. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud
General Contractor: Skanska USA Building - 4030 West Boy Scout
Blvd., Tampa, FL 33607
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: TLC Engineering for
Architecture - 255 S. Orange Avenue, #1600, Orlando, FL 32801
Landscape Architect & Civil Engineer: Connelly & Wicker, Inc. -
10060 Skinner Lake Drive, #500, Jacksonville, FL 32246
Considering its environmental impact and the preservation of wetlands
located on the site, this 120-bed facility provides skilled nursing home
care and the highest quality of life to its veteran residents. Staff and
residents alike enjoy a remarkable friendship with the local community
of St. Augustine. The Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans' Nursing Home is
the first nursing home in Florida to achieve LEED Gold Certification.
Elements of design reflect the ambiance of Spanish influences with
color, texture, and architecture. Decorative street lamps, signs, and an
eclectic array of facades bring in a picturesque townscape for residents
to enjoy. The design incorporates an abundance of controlled natural
light throughout the facility.
The nursing home's pinwheel layout provides enhanced resident
observation and staff efficiency, while at the same time allowing for
quick, functional adjustments to accommodate changing levels of
residents' acuity. The staff's daily travel distances are also greatly
reduced because of this design.
A key design concept was the grouping of residents into "houses" that
are organized into two "neighborhoods." One neighborhood incorporates
three houses consisting of 60 skilled nursing residents. The second
neighborhood's three houses accommodate 60 residents with
dementia/Alzheimer's disease. These house models are functional and
homelike, and provide a variety of spatial experiences and outdoor
views. Although the design encourages choice, it also promotes privacy
and maintains a sense of control for each resident.
In addition, communication is encouraged within a therapeutic and safe
environment. Memory boxes, color, and sensory stimulation reinforce
wayfinding for dementia/Alzheimer's residents and encourage
socialization. A variety of indoor destinations promote social
interaction, including: barbershop porch; trellised seating area
overlooking the courtyard garden; library; memorabilia gallery; and a
central living room. The well-landscaped grounds use natural and native
plantings to provide walkways, gardens, and sitting areas that offer an
appealing setting for residents, family, and staff.
LEED® Points Achieved
Energy & Atmosphere
Materials & Resources
Indoor Environments Quality 13
Innovation & Design Process 5
EIFS: STO Corporation
Membrane Roof: Soprema
Flooring: Forbo, Interface
Windows: Peerless Products Glazing Systems
Entrances & Storefronts: Stanley Door Systems
Skylights: American Skylites