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EFA DESIGN SHOWCASE
ADULT DAY CENTER

Center for Elders' Independence San Leandro PACE Center SAN LEANDRO, CALIF.
Submitted by: Kava Massih Architects BERKELEY, CALIF.

Project category: Remodel/renovation
Chief administrator: Linda Trowbridge, CEO
Firm: Kava Massih Architects, www.kavamassiharchitects.com
Design team: Kava Massih Architects (architecture and interior design);
Jerry Mastora, principal in charge; Mary Young-Williams, project architect; Rossi Builders (contractor); ZFA Structural Engineers (structural);
Guttmann & Blaevoet (mechanical/plumbing); JES Civil Engineering (civil
engineer)
Photography: ©2019 Bruce Damonte
Total building area (sq. ft.): 15,663
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $348
Total construction cost (excluding land): $5.4 million
Completed: March 2018

A collaborative effort, the
programming and concept
were developed by Kava Massih
Architects with CEI's steering
committee through interviews
with staff and participants at
existing facilities. The resulting San Leandro Center offers
more variety and flexibility than
previous CEI Centers and is
modeled after the floorplan one
would find in their own home.
To help create a more homelike environment, organic and
soft finishes were selected. The

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soft color palette was mindfully generated to give spaces a
calm feeling. The entry carpet
suggests a moss lined cobblestone street flanked by glazed
window panels that incorporate
natural grasses. Drum pendant
light fixtures hang in a random
arrangement like clouds
below the warm wood ceiling.
The tree-lined wallcovering
wrapped around the columns
mirrors the view of the birch
trees outside the lounge windows.

The project's biggest goal was
to collaborate on a design that
prioritized the comfort of the
center's elder participants and
created a welcoming non-institutional environment. Kava
Massih Architects responded
with a design approach that incorporated hospitality oriented
and biophilic features into as
many participant areas as possible. This included highlighting the connection to outdoors
and creating homelike spaces
such as the Warming Kitchen.

The second goal was to
provide spaces that recognize
each participant's individuality through flexible spaces.
The typical large activity
room morphs into a large
open activity space known as
the " lounge " surrounded by
smaller activity spaces. Participants then have a choice
of activities for the day. Taking cues from hotel lounges,
furniture is arranged in both
large and small clusters to
foster socialization.


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