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EFA DESIGN SHOWCASE
AMENITY SPACE

Crane's Mill at West Caldwell, Town Center WEST CALDWELL, N.J.
Submitted by: KDA Architects VOORHEES, N.J.
Project category: Remodel/renovation
Chief administrator: Colleen Frankenfield, president and CEO
Firm: KDA Architects, www.kd-arch.com
Design team: KDA Architects (architecture, interior design); Alderson Engineering (MEP engineering); Lighting
Design Collaborative (lighting design); C&C Construction Management Inc. (contractor); Furniture Solutions Group
(FF&E procurement)
Photography: Joseph M Kitchen Photography LLC
Number/type of housing units: 268 independent living, 66 skilled nursing, 70 assisted living
Total building area (sq. ft.): 9,954
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $280
Total construction cost (excluding land): $2.7 million
Completed: September 2020

BEFORE

Crane's Mill at West Caldwell is in
the process of adapting its social and
healthcare environments in response
to market conditions and consumer
preferences. Following the recent
renovation of their Health and Wellness Center, the focus turned to the
Town Center and the dining venues.
The main community spaces had
not been fully renovated in over
two decades. The main entrance,
reception, lobby, and casual dining
spaces were particularly in need of
refreshing. The owner shared stories
of prospective residents arriving for
their scheduled tours literally turning around and leaving after passing
through the dated, dark vestibule
and lobby. Further, the owner
remarked that the poorly lit spaces
were not conducive to engagement
and socializing, and instead were
often a place for residents to relax
and nap. A single café provided the
only option for casual dining. An
unprotected roof deck was usable
only in the finest weather. A small
pub area had been introduced to
an adjacent game room a few years
prior, but it was inadequate for the
changing needs of the community.
No effort was spared in rejuvenating the Town Center commons
spaces. Lighting design and interior
design played a significant role in
the redevelopment and rebranding
of the community image. The pub
was relocated and placed as a main
attraction within the Commons. The
design team achieved the goal of
recreating the spaces as lively, bright,
and welcoming. The roof deck was
transformed into an all-season porch.

BEFORE
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