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Previous pages: Outdoor balconies were added
to the memory care floors at Sunrise of Chevy
Chase, giving residents a safe, secure area to
access fresh air. Above: The seven-story The
Woodlands at John Knox Village in Pompano
Beach, Fla., represents a departure for the
community, as the first high-rise building on its
campus. Below: Designers cut into the concrete
slab between the first and second floors and
inserted a grand stair at Sunrise of Chevy
Chase. "It brings light, motion, and activity
between the two floors and also makes for a
dramatic architectural statement," says Andy
Coelho of Sunrise Senior Living.

©2016 CJ WALKER PHOTOGRAPHY INC. (WOODLANDS); ABSKETCHES, COURTESY OF SUNRISE SENIOR LIVING (SUNRISE)

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hen leaders of John Knox Village decided to add 144 skilled nursing units to
the campus in Pompano Beach, Fla., they directed RDG Planning & Design
(Omaha, Neb.) to build two three-story Green House buildings. But as the team
progressed into master planning, the firm realized it wasn't the right solution.
"They were taking up a lot of space," says Scott Pfeifer, principal at RDG. The
proposed building site toward the back of the 65-acre campus also would have constrained future growth. Several other options were then considered, including a seven-story building near a
wooded site in a more central location. While going with a high-rise would be a first for John Knox
Village, it solved the housing need and provided first-floor amenity space that would serve the
entire continuing care retirement community. In the end, the multistory design was selected, and
The Woodlands at John Knox Village opened in May 2016.
The project represents a shift in thinking not just for that community but for the industry at
large. In the past, multistory housing was rarely considered, as owners and operators often
assumed seniors wouldn't feel comfortable in that environment. "They were making assumptions without necessarily asking the
residents," says Mitch Elliott, senior
partner at RDG. But, today, faced with
land constraints, the need for higherdensity developments, and rising real
estate costs, the industry is starting
to look up-seven, 10, and even 12
stories high.
The other driver is growing interest
in creating walkable campuses and
tying senior living environments into
the greater community, Elliott adds.
Greenfield projects have traditionally
been tucked away on rural or suburban
sites often only accessible by car, while
urban, vertical developments offer the
opportunity to place senior living communities right in the heart of a city or
town, with easy access to local services
and attractions.
Sunrise Senior Living, whose mainstay is its sprawling, low-rise mansion


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