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  The Cottage At Saint KatharineThe Cottage At Saint Katharine


ADG, Inc.
116 E. Sheridan, #100, Oklahoma City, OK 73104

General Description

Location: El Reno, Oklahoma
Date Bid: June 2011 Construction Period: Sept 2011 to May 2013
Total Square Feet: 12,000 Site: 0.7 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Sizes: First floor, 12,000; total, 12,000 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’; total, 24’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Addition.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick.
Roof: Asphalt shingles, membrane. Floors: Concrete.
Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Engineering Solutions, LLC - 6801 Broadway Extension Service Road, #215, Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: Darr & Collins, LLC - 1425 N.W. 150th Street, Edmond, OK 73013
Civil Engineer: Smith Roberts Baldischwiler, LLC - 100 N.E. 5th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104
General Contractor: Anderson & House, Inc. - 1627 W. Main Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73106

ADG, Inc. designed a memory care center addition to the St. Katharine Drexel Retirement Center in El Reno. The $2.2 million memory care center provides specialized facilities to care for residents suffering from memory loss.

Completed in 2013, The Cottage at St. Katharine is a 12,000-square-foot center that includes 16 single residential rooms, community living and dining areas, a small kitchen, and a group activity area. The exterior design aesthetic is consistent with the adjacent retirement center.

The comfortable, single-resident rooms are open and easy to maneuver with ample natural lighting. The bathrooms have over-sized pocket doors, walk-in showers and are barrier-free to accommodate various levels of resident need. Each bathroom has a narrow, vertical window with a clear view to the rest of the bedroom to help residents with spatial awareness.

Outside each bedroom is a built-in wooden and glass "memory box" designed to hold personal keepsakes so that each resident can easily identify his or her bedroom. All resident rooms open into the common living areas on each side of the center. Crossing each bedroom doorway is a path that is distinguished by a lighter stain in the wood floor. The path is preferred by some residents struggling with way-finding and it offers pattern, routine and consistency. Each common area features a fireplace and comfortable furniture that is firm for stability and has durable upholstery for easy maintenance.

The dining area offers tables for four that are situated under a lowered ceiling supported by decorative columns to make it distinguishable from the rest of the room. A seated bar forms a semi-circle around a serving area with a sink, abundant counter space and a pass-through window to the kitchen. Residents can prepare simple food items for themselves or sit at the bar to participate in crafts. Nearby, there is a built-in desk and filing nook where residents can imitate work and home-life activities. A nurse's area and security desk is situated at the entrance to the wing with clear sightlines of every point in the common area.

Outside of the residential area, the memory care addition offers a private dining room so that families can come enjoy meals and private time with their loved ones. The addition also has a laundry area with easily accessible counters for residents who enjoy doing their own laundry. There is also a craft and activity room that doubles as a storm shelter where residents can be easily moved during severe weather.

St. Katharine Drexel Retirement Center is an assisted living facility serving the community of El Reno as a ministry of Sacred Heart Parish and is sponsored by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City. The 54-bed facility provides private apartment-style living with the convenience and safety of 24-hour access to assistance as needed.

Product Information
Building Envelope: Acme Brick
Flooring: Shaw, Tandus, Karastan, Teknoflor, Congoleum, Armstrong, Mannington, Daltile, Crossville, Allstate, Amtico
Interior: Sherwin Williams, Koroseal, Marlite, Armstrong, Wilsonart, Corian
Lighting: Lithonia, Gotham, Primus, Focal Point, Lightway

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