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Left: Balconies, a large courtyard, and a terrace
give residents a connection to the outdoors at
The Trousdale. The courtyard (shown) includes
dining spaces, a barbecue area, outdoor fitness
opportunities, and a water feature. Below: The
contemporary residential look of The Trousdale
is achieved through a mix of stucco and wood
veneer paneling on the exterior.

Additionally, if a community uses standard unit sizes in horizontal settings, it's
likely that those units won't stack properly
in multistory, meaning project teams
must remain open to new ideas. For The
Trousdale, an AL and memory care community under construction in Burlingame,
Calif., Denton says the operator, Eskaton

Unique challenges
While there are common elements, such
as parking, layout, mechanical equipment,
transportation of supplies, and staffing efficiencies, to address on every senior living
project, these issues can take on an added
level of complexity when building up. "Multistory communities tend to be costlier than
low-rise because of the structure type and
requirements for fire and life safety, so you
want things to stack to keep costs down
wherever possible," says Alexis Denton,
principal at SmithGroupJJR (San Francisco).
Because most multistory buildings
include underground parking, that garage
often serves as the base for a building and
drives the structural grid from there, including column and elevator shaft placement
and unit size, which can reduce flexibility
and the ability to customize floor plates.
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Pfeifer says the overall goal is to have
columns align up the building (some can
be offset, but this drives up costs dramatically, he adds). Plumbing pipes, garbage
chutes, and other vertical chases are also
more economical when they travel up and
down the building in a straight line, which
can impact bathroom and kitchen placements from floor to floor.
It can also be tricky to align residential
units in multistory buildings, especially
those with more than one housing type.
For example, Denton says AL units are
often narrower than IL, while memory
care units are the same width as AL but
often not as deep. "In a vertical setting,
all these typically stack, so it's a game
of Tetris, adjusting the unit sizes so you
remain effi cient while still having large
enough units that work for all resident
functions," she says.

(Carmichael, Calif.), agreed to build the
memory care units as full-size apartments,
so they stack with AL in the six-story
building. "Because the resident unit is the
key building block, the designer must be
creative in the unit design and the operator has to be open to trying different kinds
of unit types for each function," she says.
Another challenge in multistory is the
movement of residents, food, and supplies
to the upper fl oors. While in horizontal
settings, designers often create onstage/
offstage zones to separate residents and
families from back-of-house tasks like
food, laundry, and trash deliveries, it's a
different story with multiple fl oors. Designers must assess how many elevators can
be accommodated for those tasks, with
each one adding costs and structural
challenges. And although designers agree
that it's ideal to have a separate service elevator for moving supplies, it's not always

SMITHGROUPJJR

Because high-rise communities are usually located in more urban settings, project
teams are opting for more modern aesthetics to appeal to the resident demographic
(and their family members) likely attracted
to the setting. For its new Bethesda and
Chevy Chase communities, Sunrise traded
in traditional carpeting for wood fl ooring
on the main fl oors, and chose geometric
patterns and contemporary colors instead
of the greens, golds, and fl oral designs
that are used at its suburban communities.
"We're trying to move the aesthetic along
both in lighting and fi nishes to be a more
modern take," Coelho says.


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