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  Handmaker Jewish Services For The AgingHandmaker Jewish Services For The Aging


CDG Architects, Ltd.
2102 N. Country Club Road, #9, Tucson, AZ 85716

General Description

Location: Tucson, Arizona
Date Bid: Aug 2013
Construction Period: Nov 2013 to Aug 2014
Total Square Feet: 24,993 Site: 6.4 acres.
Number of Buildings: One; 36 beds.
Building Sizes: First floor, 12,384; second floor, 12,609; total, 24,993 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 14’ 7”; second floor, 29’ 9”; total, 29’ 9”.
Basic Construction Type: New/II-A.
Foundation: Slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Metal stud frame with EIFS.
Roof: Diathon foam. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Turner Structural Engineering Company - 3026 N. Country Club Road, Tucson, AZ 85716
Mechanical Engineer: P.H. Mechanical Engineering - 335 N. Wilmot Road, #460, Tucson, AZ 85711
Electrical Engineer: M3 Engineering & Technology - 2051 W. Sunset Road, #101, Tucson, AZ 85704
Civil Engineer: Cypress Civil Development - 2102 N. Country Club Road, #9, Tucson, AZ 85716
General Contractor: W.E. O#Neil Construction Company, Inc. - 2601 N. Fairview Avenue, Tucson, AZ 85705
Interior Design: Aviar Space Planning & Design - 180 E. Broadway Boulevard, Tucson, AZ 85701

Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging, a complex of buildings located on a 6-acre campus, has been a resource for the Tucson community since 1963. Handmaker invited TMC Healthcare, a regional hospital serving Tucson for 70 years, to partner with them in a new building, expanding its services for the aging with a gero-psychiatric unit located on the second floor. The first challenge was to fit the new building onto the site, requiring demolition of an obsolete structure adjacent to the west drive of the campus. Construction required careful phasing and staging to allow elderly residents safe access from their living quarters to the dining room, some reached by exterior sidewalks.

The first floor serves as an extension of Handmaker's existing skilled nursing unit, specifically for Alzheimer's patients. Twenty semi-private rooms line a central corridor that provides ample space for walking and socializing. The dining area is adjacent to a spacious living room, both with plenty of natural light and views to a covered patio and landscaped courtyard. A sixteen-bed gero-psychiatric unit was designed for the second floor. It has a similar layout to the first floor but is licensed, separately, as a "special hospital" and has more intensive building and safety code requirements, including a gurney-sized elevator and 100 kw back-up generator. TMC fiber was brought to the building from an existing service location about a block away.

Security concerns played into the design of both floors but each client population has different specific requirements. Central locations of nurse stations enable staff to have excellent visual contact with patients while they are not in their rooms. Patient room doors on both floors were designed to stand open, creating more visual continuity and inclusiveness between staff, patients and visitors. Automated hardware functions were carefully designed and installed to prevent unplanned, unaccompanied departures from occurring. At the second floor, all hardware, window treatments, plumbing fixtures, fire safety and bathing devices were required to meet behavioral health standards for this particular population.

The Handmaker and TMC goals for the general atmosphere of each floor were aligned - to create environments that "feel like home". Room sizes and ceiling heights maintain a sense of intimacy. Subtle colors that refer to natural materials (earth, water, plants) were used as accents for a neutral primary wall color. Luxury vinyl "plank" was used in resident rooms and hallways to emulate wood floors; this type of flooring is being used more and more in medical facilities for its durability and residential appearance. Carpet was placed in the living room spaces to soften the texture and sounds of the room. A local mural artist was commissioned to paint on each floor "something that would instill a feeling in the patient" that this place is "a good place for them at this
point in their lives".

Product Information
Building Envelope: New Millenium Building Systems
Roofing: RollFab Metal Products, Diathon, ELASTOSPRAY®
Entrances & Storefronts, Windows: Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope®
Flooring: Mannington Carpet, Armstrong VCT, Amtico Spacia Luxury Vinyl Plank
Interior: Knauf Insulation
Lighting: Gotham, Lithonia Lighting, Synergy Lighting Controls
Elevator: Otis Elevator Company

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