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EFA DESIGN SHOWCASE
AMENITY SPACE/WELLNESS CENTER

Brewster Place Retirement Community TOPEKA, KAN.
Submitted by: SFCS Architects ROANOKE, VA.
FINALIST

Project category: New construction and remodel/renovation
Chief administrator: Joe Ewert, president and CEO
Firm: SFCS Architects, www.sfcs.com
Design team: Curtis Jennings, project principal/project manager; Dave McGill, project designer (SFCS Architects);
SFCS Engineering (structural, MEP, low voltage, fire protection); ArchitectOne (interior design)
Photography: Alise O'Brien Photography
Number/type of housing units: 240 independent living, 44 assisted living, 79 skilled nursing
Total building area (sq. ft.): 32,217 (new); 6,503 (renovation)
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $305 (new); $161 (renovation)
Total construction cost (excluding land): $9.8 million (new); $1 million (renovation)
Completed: September 2020

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The cultural arts and
wellness center at Brewster
Place began as a vision over
20 years ago, connecting
a disjointed senior living
campus and reaching beyond
the typical construction site,
anchoring an innovative, multiuse amenity space and wellness
center in the heart of Kansas.
The project solved the
fundamental needs of the
community by welcoming
families, residents, and
community while connecting
the campus through a series of
purposefully placed spaces and
views along an arterial gallery
space. The planning encourages
connectivity and points of
interest throughout the project
by subtly changing spatial
scales and transparencies.
While the project scope was all
encompassing of the various
components on campus to
provide connectivity, it focused
on the cultural arts and
wellness center, hall of honors,
a three-story parking garage,
renovation of ground level of
the existing independent living
building, reflecting courtyard,
and a small public area.
The cultural arts center
bridged the campus divide
by spanning over an active
and essential community
road, connecting buildings
which varied as much as 16 1/2
feet in floor elevations. This
drastic topographic difference
across the site allowed for the
main level (upper floor) to
be on grade entry lobby and
home to the community and
cultural arts spaces just off the
front door. The lower-level
houses more resident focused
program spaces with its own
entry on grade positioned
toward the residences. The
building emphasizes universal


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