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  Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing HomeClyde E. Lassen State Veterans’ Nursing Home


Harvard Jolly Architecture
5201 W. Kennedy Boulevard #515, Tampa, FL 33609

General Description

Location: St. Augustine, Florida
LEED® Gold
Date Bid: Oct 2008 Construction Period: Oct 2008 to Mar 2010
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 drywall.

Construction Team

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           40 Total
Sustainable Sites                       8
Water Efficiency                      3
Energy & Atmosphere                5
Materials & Resources                6
Indoor Environments Quality      13
Innovation & Design Process       5

Product Information
EIFS: STO Corporation
Membrane Roof: Soprema
Flooring: Forbo, Interface
Windows: Peerless Products Glazing Systems
Entrances & Storefronts: Stanley Door Systems
Skylights: American Skylites

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