Plush Mills CCRC
Location: Wallingford, PA
Client: Sage Senior Living LLC
Services: Architecture, Engineering, and Interior Design
Award: Best Small CCRC, under 200 residents.,
NAHB 50+ Housing Awards
Situated on a dramatically sloping six acre site along Crum Creek, Plush Mills is home to 36 assisted living residents, and 180 independent senior living residents in 124 independent apartments.
The site is a former stone quarry across the creek from an historic mill. The elevation change on the site is 40 feet across the building footprint and 90 feet over the six acre parcel. The compact building takes the form of an “L” cradling the three level underground parking structure. The main entrance to the building is on the top level of the parking structure-- an elevated platform in the trees overlooking the creek. The west side of the building overlooks a meadow, the east overlooks the creek, and the north end overlooks the creek and falls.
The program includes 36 private assisted living residents, and 124 (1 and 2 bedroom) apartments for independent living, a lobby lounge, dining room, bar, internet cafe, a servery, activity rooms, theater, visiting physician’s office and exam, beauty shop, men’s lounge, full kitchen, structured parking. The second floor is designated for assisted living suites and the program includes lounges areas, activities, dining, and care areas. The lounge opens to grade on the west side of the building into a terrace facing the meadow.
All of the apartments have an open floor plan arrangement with full kitchen and living/dining. and have been designed for 100% handicapped accessibility,
The project is a modern residential building, designed to accommodate a frail population. It is imbued with a connection to the 19th century industrial spirit of the place it inhabits. It responds to both the site constraints and the users’ requirements while making a strong architectural statement. It is a building and it is a community.