Jewish Services For The Aging|
CDG Architects, Ltd.
2102 N. Country Club Road, #9, Tucson, AZ 85716
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.
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
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".
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
Interior: Knauf Insulation
Lighting: Gotham, Lithonia Lighting, Synergy Lighting Controls
Elevator: Otis Elevator Company